Journey Around New York from A to Z by Martha Zschock

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""A fact-filled, alphabetical journey through the five boroughs of the city. A pigeon serves as a tour guide of sorts, appearing on every page in either the small inset illustration or in one of the smaller spot-art drawings located along the bottom of the pages. The format works well to introduce famous landmarks and neighborhoods with descriptive alliterative sentences, such as ""Dragons dance by dim sum diners"" as an introduction to Chinatown and ""Gorgeous gardens grace glass-houses"" for commentary on the New York Botanical Garden. Succinct paragraphs of historical information are located under each full-page, highly detailed colored-pencil-and-watercolor illustration. In a much smaller type size, a one-sentence, sometimes quirky, bit of information is imparted as well, as in ""Many skyscrapers don't have a 13th floor. No one wants to be on an unlucky floor!"" This up-to-date book includes a reference to and inset illustration of the former Twin Towers under the letter T: ""Tough times take teamwork."" The book begins with a map and a listing of the 26 landmarks showcased. The endpapers offer a different sort of New York alphabet to readers, featuring small illustrations of interesting trademark items, such as a Nathan's hot dog, a blue box from Tiffany's, and a yellow cab. A wonderful testament to a diverse city and its equally diverse residents."" -School Library Journal

About Martha Zschock

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Martha Day Zschock majored in art at Connecticut College and earned her master's in education from Lesley College. Zschock is the author and illustrator of all the books in the "Journey Around" series. A former elementary teacher, she developed her first book, Journey Around Cape Cod and the Islands from A to Z, from field trips with her students. She lives in Orleans, Massachusetts. Heather Zschock is a professional book designer who lives in New York City. Because of her remarkable design sense and professional experience-and her love for her hometown-Heather is the perfect coauthor with her twin sister, Martha, of Journey Around New York from A to Z. Heather is also the coauthor of the Journey Around Cape Cod Cookbook and the designer of all the books in the "Journey Around" series.
Published May 1, 2002 by Commonwealth Editions. 32 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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The events of September 11 figure under "T" ("Tough times take teamwork"), where a panel showing the Twin Towers is set into a view of the Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair, "a symbol of 'peace through understanding.' " For all the facts and details, the Zschocks also favor generalizations li...

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