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Twelve Days of New York

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When a group of students wins a trip to New York City, accompanied by their teacher, they aren’t sure where to start. Soon enough, they’re roaming the city, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, from Chinatown to Central Park, in order to discover what makes New York one of the greatest cities on Earth.
Structured like the popular song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Harry N. Abrams (first published March 1st 2013)
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In my opinion, a rare miss for Bolden. Her book long poem is predictable ("Three Posh Pups/Two Folks in Love/And the Statue of Liberty"). Gilbert Ford puts landmarks like the Guggenheim Museum and South Street Seaport in the background of too busy illustrations. As a native New Yorker, I had the arrogant feeling that this book was created by out of towners. But, as it turns out, Bolden and Gilbert live in NYC. This still feels like a whirlwind tourists' guide rather than an appreciation of the B ...more
The illustrations were nice, but I feel they ought to have included each thing that was mentioned as having been seen. It doens't really count that they saw "Two folks in love, and the Statue of Liberty" if they aren't shown actually seeing the Statue of Liberty.

And in consideration of the things seen, other than the Statue of Liberty they were terribly generic, and could have taken place in any city anywhere. If you are using an established poem (The 12 Days of Christmas), and adapting it for
Five children and their teacher hit Manhattan, and explore the sights and sounds of New York City. While the book never explains exactly how they won the trip or even where exactly they are staying, the pages follow them as they visit some of the city's more familiar spots, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and Grand Central Station. The story of their visit is told in the same pattern as "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and there are even accompanying speech bubbles th ...more
As a lover of NYC, I hoped for a lot with this title. And got . . . nadda. The poetry was weak, and while the art was lovely, every page was busy. The business distracted from the beauty that did exist in the art of the sites of this amazing city. So yes, so much potential with very little follow through.
Not a fan of the artwork. And I thought that some of the little captions were strange and sometimes inappropriate. At first I was very excited to see a map located at the back of the book, but the map is not situated correctly (it's turned to the right instead of right side up. If you're going to have a map and list the different attractions, I think that the map should be facing the correct way as you would see it on a true map.
A teacher and her students voyage through New York City was disappointing for me and lack luster. Bolden included many of the familiar sights and sounds, but the story lacked heart. I feel that the story doesn't do such an amazing city justice, perpetuates many stereotypes of the city, and wouldn't lead to students reading the book wanting to visit.
Written in the style of the 12 Days of Christmas, readers are taken on a tour of NYC's famous attractions. This could be a great information text if it contained more specifics about each of the locations that very minimally implied in the text of the "song." Those that frequent NYC might enjoy this book.
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