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Old Penn Station

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A beautiful tribute to the glory of the originalPennsylvania Railroad Station

During the first half of the 20th century, the original Pennsylvania Station was one of New York City’s grandest landmarks, a palace in the middle of Manhattan. William Low’s glorious illustrations pay close attention to detail while still encompassing the large-scale grandeur of Penn Station.


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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2007)
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Laura Rumohr
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Old Penn Station is a wonderful informational picture book for young readers. William Low, author and illustrator of this book, was born and raised in New York City. His first-hand knowledge of the subject was evident in this book especially through the detailed and accurate illustrations.

Old Penn Station was the first train station to be built in NYC. Before it was built people would get off a train in New Jersey and get on a ferry to Manhattan. In 1910 a beautiful train sta...more
Brittany
Summary: This book is about the birth, life and death of the Old Penn Station in New York City. The author and illustrator takes us on a journey of life before trains could stop in New York city to the details of the construction for this historical building. It even takes us through the demolishing and construction of the Madison Square Garden and the New Penn Plaza where the Old Pen Station once stood. It was such a historical building that only stood tall for 53 years. Many were sad to see it...more
Marion Bibliophile
A non-fiction picture book telling of the life and death of the old Penn Station in New York City. Loving illustrations detail a time that is now all but forgotten. Interesting and enjoyable history makes this a picture book for school-aged children.
Jessica
Beautiful book! The illustrations alone make the book a gem. But the story is touching as it tells of how Pennsylvania Station was built and then later destroyed once autos became the main means of transport. Though most readers have obviously never been in the station, once its destruction becomes apparent you are saddened because of the way the author has described its design and construction and impact on those who moved through it on a daily basis.
Penn's destruction provoked the creation of...more
Melanie
Wonderful illustrations accompany simple text describing the construction and destruction of New York's historic Penn Station.
Rebecca
Feb 23, 2010 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: Tamara
I almost want to make a bookshelf called "great lighting," because this book's incredible illustrations have a marvelous sense of light. Check out an animation of a painting from sketch to final product on William Low's web site:

http://www.williamlow.com/

Like Tamara said, both the style and the subject matter is reminiscent of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I had no idea that the original Pennsylvania Station was destroyed, but thanks to this book, I now feel that I mourn it a little.
Tamara
What a wonderfully simple & poignant book about historic preservation and the life & death of Penn Station. (BTW, I didn't know that Madison Square Garden was built right on top of the old Penn Station location. Cool.)

Great for young boys with an obsession of all things transportation. The illustrations are very reminiscent of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but with more color.

Melinda Barr
Old Penn Station is a great book about an important piece of New York City History. It highlights the birth, life and death of the Old Penn Station in New York City as the author and illustrator takes us on a journey describing life before trains could stop in New York City to the details of the construction for this historical building through the destruction where the Old Pen Station once stood.
Danielle Desmarais
-Was first drawn to this book but its beautiful illustrations.
-Uses full page pictures throughout, on end pages and on cover.

-Non-fiction, very interesting about how it was created, how it was used, and what it looks like today.
-4th grade reading level, some harder words and requires more comprehension.
-Great for introducing a project or researching a topic.
Sherri
This is a lovely children's book for adults who love historic preservation. Low's beautiful artwork brings alive the grandeur of the lost Pennsylvania Station.
Emily Murphy
I didn't care for this story. The pictures were beautiful but other than that I was uninterested in the facts about trains.
Bucko
A very good telling of one of the saddest moments in the history of American culture.
Richard
A delightful capture of the history of a human, grand space.
Mary
Beautiful, beautiful book. Zoe loves to read about trains and train stations, I love the paintings (and the train station). We both love the gray and yellow paintings at the end of the book.
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William Low is a much-lauded illustrator, author, and painter who has received numerous awards. His books include Chinatown and Old Penn Station. He lives in New York City.
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