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The little skyscraper
Santoro, Scott.
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Publication Information:
New York : Price Stern Sloan, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 38 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 55126.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize

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The little skyscraper didn't always seem so little. At one glorious time he was the tallest and most impressive building in the entire city. People traveled from near and far to take in the view from his observation deck and pass the time in his pretty little park. But as time passed and the city grew and grew, people forgot about the little skyscraper. His bright, shiny spire became dull and tarnished, and his beautiful park was turned into a parking lot. Then, just when his own future looked darkest, the little skyscraper learns that he hadn't been forgotten. And all it took was the determination of an old friend to change the minds of an entire city.Scott Santoro has worked on many of the most successful animated films of our time. He was head of animation for Disney's The Lion King, was part of the story team for DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt, and is currently at work on DreamWorks' Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. A small architectural fable with a bittersweet resonance after the events of September 11, 2001. The Little Skyscraper is the tallest building in a great city, with a gold spire and silver trim, and the favorite edifice of a young boy named Jack. But time goes on, and the Skyscraper's spire dulls, and new buildings are erected that are taller. It is even threatened with demolition. Jack, now an architect, leads the battle to have the Little Skyscraper declared a landmark and restored to its former glory. Santoro has worked for Disney, and the cheerful pastel colors and smiling buildings evoke memories of vintage cartoons. The skyscraper recalls both the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings, and the towers that dwarf it resemble the World Trade Center in this unnamed city that exists in imagination only. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this chipper, if saccharine, historic preservation fable, a skyscraper (with hybrid features that resemble the Chrysler and the Empire State Buildings) faces destruction until an architect who fell in love with the edifice as a child rallies the city to save it. The boy, Jack, who "look[s] up to the little skyscraper," stands on a corner with his parents as vintage cars drive by and The Fountainhead plays at the cinema across the street. Later, he grows up to fight City Hall on the building's behalf. Despite the simplistic, old-fashioned text, Santoro (Isaac the Ice Cream Truck) draws on his experience as an animator to create a breezy, cinematic perspective and a heightened sense of space (though the book's overlong vertical format may present shelving challenges). He captures both the exhilarating bustle and growth of a metropolis, as well as the sense of menace that the ever-encroaching urban canyon represents to the beleaguered building. The artist makes the most of the little skyscraper's two cathedral-window eyes and mouth to communicate emotions, from joy to chagrin as well as an attack of vertigo ("Sometimes even the little skyscraper got dizzy from looking down"). Even youngest readers will get the heavy-handed message that when something wonderful from the past is preserved, everybody stands tall. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved