A collection of short, simple poems written in free verse by Brooklyn's first poet laureate, Norman Rosten, A City Is embraces and celebrates the diversity and appeal of the city: high rise buildings, busy streets, fireworks over the river, changing seasons, sidewalk sports and, like any good kid book, starry nights.
Melanie Hope Greenberg's characteristically vibrant paintings are especially charming. Even if your child has never experienced the city, her illustrations easily convey its vibrancy and excitement. I love the way a mother and child reappear through out the book, emphasizing the way so many diverse city experiences are all connected through the city's inhabitants.
I think some parents are resistant to poetry books as opposed to story books with a single continuous narrative. There is no need to be! This Rosten - Greenberg book is the perfect collaboration to start you off. Each page spread is it's own mini-story and there is much to explore with your child in each accompanying illustration.
Big Kid says: I love the map!
Little Kid says: Beep! Beep! [This is usually his review if the book contains a vehicle of any kind.]
This book is currently out of print, although you may find it in your local bookstore and you can also purchase it at Melanie Hope Greenberg's website. To kick off this blog, I am giving away one copy of A City Is. And it's signed by Greenberg!
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post.
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2. Mention this blog in a blogpost on your blog (you must leave a comment for each entry -- so up to three comments -- so you get entered in the random number draw properly).
I know that seems like boldfaced shameless self-promotion, but if there is one thing you learn in the city, it is that you have to look out for yourself.
If your profile is not linked to valid email address, you need to leave a valid email in the comment so I can get in touch with you if you win. If you feel uncomfortable leaving your email you can email me directly at storiedcities [at] gmail [dot] com. Since I am shipping the book myself, I am only accepting US Mailing addresses. Thanks for understanding.
Giveaway ends Dec. 1 11:59 pm, EST. I'll announce the winner Dec. 2.
Disclosure: I purchased this book myself because I love it and will ship it to the winner, media mail.