Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Poem As Big As New York City is an inspiring journey through the Big Apple

At the heart of children's literature are children, so what better way to celebrate their creativity than by putting together an entire book written by New York City students?

A POEM AS BIG AS NEW YORK CITY was organized by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a 45-year old nonprofit organization that offers creative writing programs for students and teachers throughout the five boroughs. What they did is not only inspiring, but it's a reminder of what young people are capable of. For two years, the Teachers & Writers Collaborative implemented a curriculum framework that served as a guide for students to write in poetry workshops. Students were instructed to imagine the poem as a character, traveling through the city and observing all it has to offer. And the result is an entire book that's a  kid's-eye view of The Big Apple, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the subway, the Statue of Liberty and more.

I was born and raised a New Yorker and this book transplanted me back into the heart of the city. The sights, sounds and images are amazing and I can only imagine the creativity it took to put this entire project together. The poem is a great read, and the illustrations by Masha D'yans are truly unique.

For more information about Teachers & Writers Collaborative, please visit

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 38 pages
Publisher: Universe (September 4, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0789320835
ISBN-13: 978-0789320834
Source of review copy: Publicist

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