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A Walk in New York

Last updated Sunday, May 31, 2015

Author: Salvatore Rubbino
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 0763638552
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2015

Synopsis: New York City — the perfect place for a boy and his dad to spend the day! Follow them on their walk around Manhattan, from Grand Central Terminal to the top of the Empire State Building, from Greenwich Village to the Statue of Liberty, learning lots of facts and trivia along the way. In this unabashed ode to America’s biggest city, Salvatore Rubbino’s fresh, lively paintings and breezy text capture the delight of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of New York firsthand.

Note to readers:
•  The locations that are shown in the book are listed on the back inside cover.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever been to New York City? (use a map/globe in the room or your phone to show the kids)
•  What do you know about New York/Manhattan?
•  What kinds of things do you see on the front cover?
•  Platform-a flat area next to railroad tracks where people wait for a train
•  Terminal-a building where buses or trains regularly stop so that passengers can get on and off
•  Constellations/zodiac-a group of stars that forms a particular shape in the sky and has been given a name
•  Fortitude-mental strength and courage
•  Reservoir-a usually artificial lake that is used to store a large supply of water
•  Lightning Rod-a metal rod that is placed on a building to protect the building from being damaged by lightning
•  Migrating-to move from one area to another at different times of the year
•  Boroughs-a village, town, or part of a large city
•  Barge-a large boat that has a flat bottom

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How are New York and Los Angeles the same/different?
•  Have you ever been to Union Station (LA's train station)?
•  What place would you like to visit in New York?
•  Have you ever done any of the things they did in New York here in LA (go to a park, ride in a cab, etc.)?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a cityscape using construction paper.
•  Draw a city map and make a paper taxi to travel on it.
•  Make a postcard or bookmark in the shape of a NY landmark discussed in the book.
•  Make the crown and/or torch held by the statue of liberty:http://buggyandbuddy.com/crafts-for-kids-make-a-statue-of-liberty-crown-and-torch/.
•  Make a father's day card.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!