C is for City

writ­ten by Nik­ki Grimes
illus­trat­ed by Pat Cum­mings
Boyds Mills Press, 2002

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C is for City

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“B is for butch­er or
break­fast with bagels
or block-par­ty bands
out on hot sum­mer nights.

“C is for city or
cab­bies named Clarence
or cool cats who chat
under boule­vard lights…”

from C Is for City
© 1995 by Nik­ki Grimes

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City is the oper­a­tive word in this hus­tling, bustling, urban ABC book … The rhymes them­selves are quite clever and packed with vocab­u­lary-expand­ing images. Each illus­tra­tion is a hearty slice of urban life, with all its inter­sect­ing dra­mas and scenes with­in scenes … Cer­tain­ly city chil­dren will iden­ti­fy with the book, but any child should find in its busy illus­tra­tions much worth dis­cussing or por­ing over alone. (Book­list)

From A to Z, rhythm and allit­er­a­tion effec­tive­ly describe the joys of a city. The rhyming text is accom­pa­nied by high­ly detailed illus­tra­tions in glow­ing neon col­ors, depict­ing a pris­tine New York City. Addi­tion­al items that start with the fea­tured let­ter fill each page and are care­ful­ly list­ed in the back of the book. Both text and art cre­ate a find­ing game in this clev­er­ly con­ceived book. (The Horn Book)

This well-thought-out tour takes kids from art shows to apart­ments … to zoos and zil­lions of church­es … High ener­gy illus­tra­tions. (The Los Ange­les Times)

New York City is cel­e­brat­ed in an exu­ber­ant alpha­bet … Bril­liant, real­is­tic paint­ings … A must for ear­ly read­ers, city dwellers or not. (Chil­dren’s Book Review Ser­vice)

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