11.18.2010

Poetic City: A City Is (Plus a Giveaway)

A City IsMom says:
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.]

GIVEAWAY:
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.

For up to two additional entries you can either:
1. Share this blog on facebook; and/or
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.

18 comments:

dinat102 said...

I have started a collection of city books, specifically NYC. I add a book or two with every trip (next one in Feb.). This book would be a great addition, I teach preschool and long to one day live in your fine city. Have a great day.

Dina

Jenny said...

I'm popping out of nowhere to congratulate you on your new blog. And who can resist a giveaway?! :o) We checked out "Senses in the City" this week for Carly, who prefers books with photographs- it's already a favorite. Good luck with the new blog- I can definitely identify with your struggle at the old one- it's one of the things that's prevented me from getting back into blogging!

MaryAnne said...

This sounds like a neat book. Lily had her first city experience (riding the T et al) this morning!

MaryAnne said...

And I just posted about your new blog on facebook =)

Fanny Harville said...

Love your old blog, love the new blog!

Fanny Harville said...

And I posted your new blog on FB. I can't tell if my email is on my profile; if not, it's fannyharville [at] gmail [dot] com.

bioluminescence said...

I think you might like Police Cloud.

Ellen said...

put it on fb

Ellen said...

also put it on lj!

Swati said...

I wish I could participate, but sadly, I am not in the US. Still, I suppose I can gift it to a friend who is. (Lightbulb!)

I do feel uncomfortable leaving email out in the open, so you can reach me at www.contactify.com/383df

Raising a Happy Child said...

Sounds like a great boo. I am in!

melanie hope greenberg said...

Thanks so much for posting about A CITY IS. I gave a shout for the giveaway on my Facebook wall and will continue to do so. I was painting my experiences of silence in A CITY IS. There are birds-eye views to display the silence of a busy city from a detached place (in the sky). Mom and son take a silent journey around the city with no dialogue. The poet taught me how detailed art arises from the silence resonated in deceptively simple and sparse poetry. These poems help us see the overall and the details at the very same time.


BTW, I'm not commenting to win a book ;-)

Jeanette Larson said...

Neat idea for a blog. And a great first entry!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great blog with awesome books!

Shan said...

I'm not one to pass up a good blog giveaway! :) My girls have a few poetry books, and all are popular with them. This one looks gorgeous.

Stacie said...

Sounds like an awesome book! Can't wait to win. ;)

Stacie said...

Shared on Facebook! One step closer to winning...

melanie hope greenberg said...

Good Luck everybody!

For any moms out there who would like to be my Facebook Friend the link is below. I only post professionally about my events, exhibitions, books and art. Please say we met at Storied Cities! Thanks!

http://www.facebook.com/people/Melanie-Hope-Greenberg/570832823

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