Subway Story Hardcover – Oct 11 2011
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Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine
"Sarcone-Roach displays a discipline not always seen in books about the environment; she allows her theme of reuse and recycling to emerge naturally from a fine story and lets readers draw their own conclusions without adding a heavy-handed one of her own."
The New York Times Book Review:
"Sarcone-Roach guides us to Jessie's final destination with energy, style, and charm. Only a subway rider (as the author most definitely is) could have imagined this book, and given us such a sustained sense of wonder."--Pete Hamill
School Library Journal:
"A lovely tribute to the city and its boroughs."
"With sprawling landscapes and vast underground tunnels as a backdrop, readers will cheer Jessie's story of revival. Immensely readable and surprisingly touching, this large heft of metal totes a lot of charm."
About the Author
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, JULIA SARCONE-ROACH made her Knopf picture book debut with The Secret Plan. She is also the creator of animated videos, including Call of the Wild, which was featured in indie film festivals and won several prizes. Like Jessie, Julia is an avid traveler and has many adventures in mind for future picture books.
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Jesse the subway car is born in St. Louis and soon moves to New York City. She falls in love with her work and the book wonderfully details her importance to the city. As time passes newer subway trains begin to take her place and she is put out to pasture so to speak. But Jesse finds new life on the bottom of the sea. The last line of the book beautifully captures this experience "Jesse used to be an important part of the city where she lived, now a whole city lives inside her"
The book is on par with the depth exhibited in the works of Rosemary Welles, Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein.
My 4 year old son loves this book and often pulls it out at bedtime. It has allowed us to begin talking about some of the larger issues of life and aging. So if your emotional and intellectual limits for children's literature stop at "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" by all means steer clear of this book. Otherwise, buy it and support the depth and craft of this author's work.
A gentle story of repurposing, of finding new uses for old things, for young children, told with lovely pictures. Reminiscent of one of my favorite children's picture books, The Little House.
"The cars were loaded onto a barge in the river, and a tugboat pulled the barge out of the city harbor. As the waves got bigger, Jessie felt the breezes whistle through her empty windows. Curious fish peered up at them as the barge moved into the open ocean.
`Will I ever get to see my city again?' Jessie nervously thought."
I haven't seen anything new from the author, though I hope she keeps on writing.