My First Book of New York

Written and Illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius

A big, big book for a big city. Filled with colorful and recognizable images, this is the story of present day New York. Of course, any reader could argue that it’s incomplete, given the enormity of the subject. But it does give the flavor of the City for those just beginning to learn her secrets. Each two-page spread explores a neighborhood with iconic items in colorful illustrations. Even the end papers show the chaos that is New York City.

The author begins with Brooklyn – the Bridge, Coney Island, a dog walker, a brownstone, etc. Then there’s Rockefeller Center with ice skating, the Rockettes, and MOMA. Other areas similarly explored are Chinatown (dim sum, cannoli, mah jongg), the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village, Grand Central Terminal, Harlem, Museums, Queens, Central Park, Shopping, Statue of Liberty, the Bronx, Wall Street, and Times Square & Broadway.

Everything highlighted is something anyone, especially young readers, would notice when visiting New York. So this is a great place to start before any visit or when learning in depth about one of the most famous cities in the world.

  • My First Book of New YorkTitle: My First Book of New York
  • Author/Illustrator: Ingela P. Arrhenius
  • Published: Walker Books/Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 2
  • Genre: Travel, Culture
  • ISBN: 978-0-5362-0990-7

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