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City! New York
Climo, Shirley.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan ; London : Collier Macmillan, [1990]

Physical Description:
59 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduces the history, geography, cultural life, and attractions of the city known as the Big Apple.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.9 4 Quiz: 02243 Guided reading level: S.
Added Author:
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F128.33 .C55 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Introduces the history, geography, cultural life, and attractions of the city known as the Big Apple.

Author Notes

Shirley Climo was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928. She attended DePauw University until her mother died unexpectedly in 1949. She dropped out of college and took up her mother's work writing scripts for the weekly WGAR-Radio children's program Fairytale Theatre. During her lifetime, she wrote 24 books including The Korean Cinderella; Magic and Mischief: Tales from Cornwall; A Treasury of Princesses: Princess Tales from Around the World; A Treasury of Mermaids: Mermaid Tales from Around the World; and Someone Saw a Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales. She died on August 25, 2012 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. The team who created City! San Franciso [BKL Mr 1 90] is back with a similar east coast city perspective, aimed at browsers and potential city visitors. Climo leads off with a few interesting facts, following up with enough history to individualize the place nicely--early Dutch settlement, the influx of immigrants, Tammany Hall politics, etc. About the city today, Climo is brief. There's little about New York's ethnic diversity, and while the author is frank about the problems the city faces, she fails to indicate how visible some of them will be (the homeless wander the streets, even in Manhattan) to tourists. But the spacious layout of the text makes the book very approachable. And, as a whole, Ancona's photographs are excellent, plentiful, and well-labeled. Their crowded layout, however, is disappointing, and readers are likely to miss the book's final photo montage entirely--it's slipped awkardly in after the index. Nevertheless, the pictures certainly capture the Big Apple at its wonderful, impressive best, and readers will find them a useful compliment to the list of city attractions (most in Manhattan but some in outlying bouroughs) Climo includes in her follow-up tourist guide. A Manhattan grid map makes finding them simple. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-5-- It's a shame that the clear, lively writing is overshadowed by the focus on Manhattan, and an unbalanced format with an historical text coupled with modern photographs that resemble family travel snapshots. These crisp shots that sometimes crop off feet or bottoms of buildings are placed in page-filling groupings. In truth the book is two-thirds history about Manhattan and a little about New York State. Even the cover photo of skaters at Rockefeller Center misrepresents this as a travel guide. A chapter at the end has a scant list of attractions in each of the boroughs. In this final list, some of the most popular tourist attractions are omitted, including Chinatown and Yankee Stadium. Another incomplete chapter offers a list of facts about New York, city and state, that are readily available in any encyclopedia. Better guide books include The Candy Apple: New York for Kids (Prentice-Hall, 1987) by Bubbles Fisherand and A Kid's Guide to New York City (Gulliver, 1988). --Denise Krell, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.