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12 Days of New York
Contributor(s): Bolden, Tonya, Ford, Gilbert (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1419705423     ISBN-13: 9781419705427
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2013
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Annotation: A class trip to the Big Apple is played out as a variation of the "Twelve Days of Christmas."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, American.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2012022800
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (1.08 lbs)
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Contributor Bio(s):
Tonya Bolden has written numerous award-winning books for kids, including Maritcha, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in New York City. Gilbert Ford has illustrated the covers for the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, Horton Halfpott, and Peter Nimble. He lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
In this adaptation of the cumulative Christmas song, students and their teacher visit the Big Apple's famous sights; some irrelevant choices--"Two Folks in Love" in Central Park and "Eight Babes a Bawling" in Grand Central--could have been seen at home. A map on the final spread identifying sights worth visiting will be useful for travelers. Ford's energetic illustrations capture the city's bustle.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #1)

Bolden (Finding Family) riffs on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in this tour of New York City, chronicled by a visiting teacher and her students: "On our first day in New York,/ Just guess what we did see.../ The Statue of Liberty." While Bolden's verse may not be quite as mellifluous as the original, it still provides a satisfying overview of the city's highlights as the crew treks to Chinatown for "Six Treats Amazing"; Grand Central Station, where there are "Eight Babes a-Bawling"; and the South Street Seaport to hear 12 drummers drumming. Ford's (Flying Lessons) mixed-media art features chunky India ink outlines and a broad palette that portrays afternoon, twilight, indoor, and outdoor scenes with equal skill. Better yet, while the venues are recognizable, the adventurous perspectives Ford uses (an extreme close-up of the Statue of Liberty's face, for instance) give them a welcome freshness. A map on a final spread identifies all the stops in the book and points out other areas of interest. Ages 5–8. Author's agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 April)

PreS-Gr 1—Five students and their teacher arrive in The Big Apple to see the sights. From the Statue of Liberty, through Coney Island, the American Museum of Natural History, and ending at the South Street Seaport, the children get caught up in the vibe of the city. Bolden uses "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a model for her text, which seems an odd choice, and the locales that the visitors choose (named only in the back matter) are odder still. A helpful map that orients viewers is appended. While some of the sights are iconic (the Empire State Building, for example), many of the others are not and children will be hard-pressed to identify what they are seeing. Even the vibrant illustrations are of no help in that regard. For example, the spread of Grand Central Station bears no sign identifying it as such, and the text cites "eight babes-a-bawling." Indeed, there are eight babies crying in the art but what they have to do with Grand Central Station is puzzling. Bolden does succeed in capturing the feel of the city, but the information is too spare for children to learn much from it. Stronger books that will give a greater sense of New York include Laura Krauss Melmed's New York, New York! From A to Z (HarperCollins, 2005) and Roxie Munro's The Inside-Outside Book of New York City (Putnam, 1985).—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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