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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  331 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
With the same wit and perception that distinguished his stylish books on Paris, London, and Rome, M. Sasek pictures fabulous, big-hearted New York City in This Is New York, first published in 1960 and now updated for the 21st century. The Dutchman who bought the island of Manhattan from the Native Americnas in 1626 for twenty-four dollars' worth of handy housewares little ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 30th 2003 by Universe (first published 1960)
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Mary Crabtree
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just stumbled across this book and the others in this series by Miroslav Sasek. With a joyous simplicity, he welcomes you to New York. But this is just one of 4 books where he introduces cities of the world (Paris, Rome, New York and London) are represented all in a lush but transparent water color pallet. The paper stock is wonderful, the colors and illustrations bright but with a retro feel. I had to look up whether this was a newly published book or one from some time ago. I think that's a ...more
Lovely illustrations in this 1960's very sweet portrait of New York aimed at children but satisfying for adults too.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful look at New York with vintage illustrations from the 60's and a sense of fun.
Katie Fitzgerald
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This combined review of This Is New York and This Is Washington, D.C. also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

These two books are part of a classic series from the 1950s and 1960s. According to the books' forewords, Miroslav Sasek was inspired to write travel books for children after visiting Paris himself. In addition to the two books featured here, which have significance for me because I've lived in both places, he also wrote books for London, Rome, Venice, San Francisco, and at least a hal
Daniel Bush
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
During my teaching placement, my class was studying the topic of New York. We looked at famous landmarks, the architecture, some of the history and learned about general day-to-day life in the city. So ‘This is New York’ by Miroslav Sasek was the perfect introduction to the topic.

Although, this book was first published in 1960 and many of the facts and scenes have now changed, the children in my class enjoyed exploring the colourful pictures on each page and asking questions about this unique c
Megan Nelson
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book takes the reader on a journey around New York City! From Manhattan to Brooklyn, from Central Park to Times Square, this book describes how New York came to be, and how it is today. New York was bought from Native Americans by a Dutchman named Peter Minuit for "twenty-four dollars worth of handy housewares"; which is said to be the biggest bargain in American history. Everything about New York is big - the buildings, the traffic jams, the cars, the stories, the Sunday papers! This book ...more
Brittany Martin
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
New York is one of the biggest/busiest cities in the world. Therefore, it is important for children to know about it. This book is packed full of so much information about New York. However, because it was written in 1960 there are several facts that are outdated. In the back of the book, the publishing company has provided an updated list. The book begins with the story of how New York was purchased from the Native Americans for only $24 worth of household items. This book also includes informa ...more
Lexi Beaver
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
This is a non-fiction book about New York City. It is full of simple facts about what there is to do in New York, how many people live there, how tall some of the buildings are, etc. It is a great read, but perhaps a little bit too long for my liking.
I did enjoy the white space that the illustrator used to portray and separate three different things that one page discussed. With students, this could be an opening book into a geography unit of different places, or about different job titles, or
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Thanks to my wife's cousin for getting us this book after our son was born, It is now one of his favorite books. He's still just a little too young for it at just 2, but he loves seeing the brightly colored cars and big buildings. There's page after page of peppy cubist illustrations of mid-century New York City. There's no 'story' here, just facts and figures of the day pertaining to NYC, with updated figures noted as well. My one minor complaint is that it could have a few more well known land ...more
Ex Libris Meis
Miroslav Sasek wrote and illustrated an entire series of travel guides aimed towards children. These travel guides showcased different countries such as Greece, Ireland, Israel, etc. It also presented many cities such as New York, Paris and London.
Even though the books were published about 60 years ago, the Universe Publishing house was savvy enough to reprint an updated version, suitable for the 21st century, and they were successful despite the fact that now days it's quite easy to virtually
Kenzie Thompson
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
The book begins with talking about how a Dutchman obtained Manhattan Island from the Native Americans for twenty four dollars of housewares. It continues to talk about different sights in New York like the Rockefeller Center, the many different stores and restaurants, the different streets and places to live, and even the Yankee stadium.
This book gives a lot of information about New York is very informative. I would use this book in my classroom to talk about different big cities and their attr
Marcie Master
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
I really enjoyed the old style art that is throughout this book. I think that this book is a great resource for information on New York. However, the reader must keep in mind to look in the back of the book to check for outdated information. I think this book would be a great non-fiction resource for a classroom. This book could be used to cover several topics such as: New York City, big cities in America, and American heritage. I think that even the art could be an example of illustration discu ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Originally published in 1960 and republished in 2004 not a ton has changed. Well it doesn't talk about the World Trade Center because it was built in the 70s and destroyed in 2001. I have never been to New York City. I have been to JFK Airport, I have been to upstate New York, but I have never been in NYC...crazy I know! I think one day...I like London for a day or two and I think I would like New York for a day or two!
Margaret Breidenbaugh
I first read this book as a very little girl, and my dad gave it to me for Christmas. I never tried to read the text when I was so young, but now that I am studying German I got even more enjoyment out of it. The illustrations are in a classic late 50's or early 60's style, very angular yet friendly, and the text is beautifully laid out to compliment the large pictures. This was published when the Guggenheim was the newest modern art museum in NYC. I love that historical context!
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up as a souvenir on a recent trip to New York City. I purchased This is San Francisco after one of my earliest trips to that city, so I thought it only fitting to mark my trip to the East Coast with another book by Sasek. While it does capture most of the grand sights of the city, I just didn't find the text/illustrations as enjoyable as those in the San Francisco book.
Jason Bradshaw
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I keep finding these in thrift stores and the art is seriously stunning. Sasek quickly became one of my favorite illustrators and I look at these all the time for ideas. Beautiful, beautiful series of books.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Nice illustrations.

The Twin Towers are mentioned nowhere. They were not yet built when the book was first published and already destroyed when it was revised. It seems sad and strange to have a book about NYC without them.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Génial ! Il y a beaucoup de choses qui ont changé à New York depuis, mais c'est ce qui fait le charme rétro du livre, et puis, tout est rétabli à la fin, on apprend plein de choses. :) (Mais ze suis triste qu'il n'y ait plus l'indicateur météorologique en forme d'étoile... :'()
Claire McIntyre
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Elena Murzello
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Illustrations are wonderful!
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Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: je, 2016
This is a cute book about New York City.
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Our other new coffee table book!
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love all of these books so much that I'm starting a collection. I think my parents bought me this book when we lived briefly in New York City when I was little.
Sep 21, 2010 marked it as to-read
I REALLY want this book for Bean, but since she is probably too young for it now I am listing it here so I remember it later on!
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love this entire series.
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
....just "eh!"...New York City is so exciting yet, this book kind of put me in a coma...My son doesn't really want any part of it - looses interest after a few pages.
Aidan Michael
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story about New York.
Ashlee Draper Galyean
Love love love it. Can't wait to travel and get others.
Michelle Alley
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love, love these books written and illustrated by Sasek. The story is good, but admittedly, I love the illustrations more.
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Miroslav Sasek (1916-1980) is an author and illustrator from Czechoslovakia. He is best known for a series of books for children titled This Is...
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