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bartholomew squire of the subway

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Bartholomew, an intelligent iguana with brown-and-green mottled, scaly skin, loves riding the New York City subway. The underground railroad, which clatters and whooshes before it takes off, teems with people, but Bartholomew doesn't mind. He enjoys his escape from his life in a museum exhibit and spends the morning observing other passengers.

On his ride, Bartholomew
42 pages
Published November 20th 2019
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Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, cl-tour, children
Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway is a cute story for young children, especially those who want a pet iguana. Bartholomew comes to life character of escaping his museum exhibit and riding on the subway made several observations of the regular riders. His experience taught him there’s a wide variety of individuals and one must not judge from outward appearances. This would make a great book for teachers who have an iguana in their classroom, as the author penned characteristics of iguanas. The ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
At first glance my little niece loved the bright colors of this book. Once we started to read this, she was quickly absorbing facts about iguanas, and she was pointing at what our now friend was talking about.
As we journey on the NY City Subway, we meet all types of people, and my little one was quickly observing and pointing things out. Some are friendly, others busy working, some hum, another was juggling, wow!
I loved that the author offers a cute story, along with how many different people
Janice Sisemore
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

Bartholomew Squire of the Subway is very cute children’s book. I enjoyed reading about the different people he met seen on the subway. Mrs. Bowdentree that did knitting and Becky greeting everyone with joy. He sees lots of different types of people.

The book has very good Illustrations. I enjoyed all the different faces, they really fit the descriptions of the characters.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
My first thought when hearing about this book is that it would be a picture book - the length of 40 pages is a little long for a picture book, but not unheard of. However, there is too much text on each page to make it a true picture book. It is more of an illustrated storybook.
Carol Lester does seem knowledgeable about her topic - and sought to learn about the things she didn’t know as much about. Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway is a good book to use when addressing differences in people.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2020
"This is New York, after all." Where else would you see an iguana in the subway system?

Bartholomew is a unique picture book in many ways. First of all, the pictures were perfect. The bright colors and straight-forward illustrations synchronized perfectly with Bartholomew's personality and the purpose of the book. Secondly, the character. Bartholomew is a very well-spoken iguana, fluent in English, who guides the reader on a tour of the subway loop he frequents. He introduces the reader to the
Ruth Ann Lingwall
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I read this book with my kids. The message behind Bartholomew provided a good opportunity to talk with my kids all though briefly.

We talked a bit about how it would feel to have people avoid you and what they could do to help others. I remember advice my mother gave me when I was a child. We moved a lot so I needed to work at making new friends. She told me to look around for someone who was lonely and befriend them. I believe this practice helps us be more sensitive to other people’s
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bartholomew is a picture book for children. The pictures are really colorful and actually follows the words that are written on the opposite page. Bartholomew is a iguana, who tells the reader about the passengers on the subway that he rides everyday.

This book is to teach children and yes, I am going to add this( adults need to learn this also ) to look non-judgmentally at a variety of people and to be kind and to treat others kindly because we don't know their past hurts disappointments and
Deana Dick
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is a delightful read that can be shared with children. The illustrations are nice and vivid colors that will catch children’s attention. I loved the iguana and thought he was a perfect example of being yourself. Bartholomew loves to ride the subway everyday and observe people. I have not been on a subway before but I have ridden on a bus. People get on hardly glancing at others and find a seat. People in the story are each different and I loved how the author shares how some stare at ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on Bartholomew:
This is such a sweet children’s book. I love books that impart a good character lesson as well as entertain the children so this is a plus in my book. We often get books geared towards children and then I quietly get rid of them because they don’t fit our rules.

To remain a book in my house for children the book must not be twaddle. That said, it means it must not just be a silly book that doesn’t teach something. It has to use appropriate language. I don’t want to see
Donna C
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I think you should know:
Bartholomew Squire of the Subway is a children’s book written by Carol L. Lester and illustrated by Kristen Polson. It is a picture book, but is not an easy reader. It tells about Bartholomew, an Iguana who rides the New York City Subway every day and the interesting people he meets along the way.

What I think about this book:
As a Mom and Educator: This is a super cute book that I enjoyed reading to my sons. Bartholomew was a great character to use to observe
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bartholomew really held a special message, and the illustrations were vibrant and sweet. The New York subway is definitely somewhere you would meet a lot of the same people on a daily basis headed about their business. Bartholomew was cute and sweet and innocent like a child so I feel like he would be relatable. The pages were more like a long paragraph per page so it was a little wordy- probably best for your mid grade school age kids. I will say I felt a little bit of the language was a little ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This illustrated book seems geared to children about eight to twelve years old. Through an anthropomorphic iguana, Bartholomew, the author uses his voice to describe a diverse selection of riders on New York’s busy subway. He comments on his observations of the characters and how they relate with others. From his insights, readers can glean lessons about how to treat people who may be different from them or strangers they meet in life. Readers not only learn about riding the underground train, ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bartholomew: Squire of the Subway is a children’s book written by author Carol L. Lester. This paperback book has vivid illustrations and takes readers on an adventure with a friendly iguana. What kid could pass up a talking iguana with glasses?

The story is interesting and teaches children life lessons. It is important to include others even when they appear different. The subway is the perfect for diversity. Bartholomew teaches readers that each person is unique and individual. We need to be
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
I enjoyed my trip on the subway with Bartholomew, Squire of the Subway. He was a perfect gentleman, even when he was avoided and got weird looks. (Can’t say I’d always do the same, though I want to)

While this story isn’t outright Christian, there are still good lessons to be learned here.

By riding the same subway route every day, Bartholomew spends a lot of time observing people. The ‘Regulars’ he gets to see show him all kinds of unique things. The same attitudes and actions can be perceived in
Connie Carpenter
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute story! My 6 year old wanted to read this over and over again. My 8 year old enjoyed it and tried to use it as leverage to get a pet iguana. This book could not have come at a better time. My 6 year old has been dealing with some bullying/school issues, and this book reminded him that it's not ok to judge others, even when you have been judged yourself by others. We really enjoyed the questions at the end of the book. It opened up great conversation.
We really loved the
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an original idea to have an iguana observe people on the subway. It brings to light how we tend to live in our own world and don’t reach out to learn other people’s stories and are to quick to judge by appearances. This is a great teaching tool to share with your children and grandchildren. I loved the illustrations and how perfectly they fit the story. At the end there is a list of questions that can open up discussion with your children and grandchildren to make them more aware of the ...more
Melinda Staley
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was a fantastic book! I wasn’t sure what to expect because, well , a story about an iguana riding on a subway? It sounded like a very imaginative tale to be sure. As I began to read the story though, I found out that it was much deeper than I originally expected based on the cover. This is a wonderful way for adults to help kids see how we can all be different, and that it is very important to not “judge a book by it’s cover. I will definitely be using this book with my kids this year!
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Jan 22, 2020
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