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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (May 30 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789308843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789308849
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 32.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I love the way this classic storybook depicts New York living--it makes it seem so magical." ~Contributing editor for Pregnancy & Newborn

"This is New York
covers the rich gamut of cultural influence that makes this city great...enjoy every detailed moment - from hot dog carts to squirrels, this is one Sasek book you don't want to miss." ~kids-bookreview.com

About the Author

M. Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. An author and illustrator, he is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world. He died in 1980.


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My elementary school library had seven of M. Sasek's "This Is" books. They were simply magical to me as a child. I used to always have at least one checked out. I believe I set a record for most consecutive weeks of having a single book checked out with "This Is Washington DC". I have since collected 17 of the 18 "This Is" books as an adult. They are still magical. The books portray an optimism that is missing in today's world. Sasek's beautiful artwork is bright and cheery. Anyone who is a fan of Mary Blair and her style of art would love Sasek's artwork. The books are just as enjoyable for adults as well as children. There is a ton of tongue-in-cheek humor that I never got as a child. The books are sure to strike the spirit of adventure for any youngster. I am looking forward to reading these books to my child when he gets old enough.
The amazing thing about "This Is New York" is that it still captures the spirit and vitality of New York today. It would make an excellent addition to any book collection, child or adult.
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By A Customer on May 14 2003
Format: Hardcover
These books by Miroslav Sasek were possibly my most beloved books as a child. I am thrilled that 2 of the series are being reprinted. His illustrations are charming and timeless. I used to pour over these books wondering what these cities would be like. I'm hoping that This is Paris and This is London will follow.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6153030) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6185a74) out of 5 stars The Best Children's Books Ever! June 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My elementary school library had seven of M. Sasek's "This Is" books. They were simply magical to me as a child. I used to always have at least one checked out. I believe I set a record for most consecutive weeks of having a single book checked out with "This Is Washington DC". I have since collected 17 of the 18 "This Is" books as an adult. They are still magical. The books portray an optimism that is missing in today's world. Sasek's beautiful artwork is bright and cheery. Anyone who is a fan of Mary Blair and her style of art would love Sasek's artwork. The books are just as enjoyable for adults as well as children. There is a ton of tongue-in-cheek humor that I never got as a child. The books are sure to strike the spirit of adventure for any youngster. I am looking forward to reading these books to my child when he gets old enough.
The amazing thing about "This Is New York" is that it still captures the spirit and vitality of New York today. It would make an excellent addition to any book collection, child or adult.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6185edc) out of 5 stars Poor Job of Printing Oct. 15 2007
By D. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great book but a poor job of printing/scanning ("Printed in China"). My copy just arrived and all the images look washed-out, with blurry grays where there should be blacks. The copy I saw at the Tenement Museum bookstore in New York did not look like this. Very disappointing. Same for my copy of "This Is San Francisco" that was also part of this order. Bleh.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6185f00) out of 5 stars Fantastic children's book May 14 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
These books by Miroslav Sasek were possibly my most beloved books as a child. I am thrilled that 2 of the series are being reprinted. His illustrations are charming and timeless. I used to pour over these books wondering what these cities would be like. I'm hoping that This is Paris and This is London will follow.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6185e28) out of 5 stars charming classic for kids June 19 2006
By Carol Weston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved books as a child, but alas, I never owned this one. Yet even without the nostalgia, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it with adult eyes and the illustrations are captivating. I like that New York "is full of the Biggest Things" from "biggest Sunday papers" (it's true!) to "biggest traffic jams." Sasek's book takes kids from Harlem to Chinatown, and the very last page offers up-to-date facts. Great for little children. If your kids (or niece or granddaughter) are older (age 7 to 13), get her Melanie in Manhattan which is also set in New York -- my hometown -- and takes kids from Harlem to Chinatown with stops on the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. Happy Reading and Happy Traveling! melaniemartin.com

Carol Weston author of MELANIE IN MANHATTAN and other books for kids
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6189360) out of 5 stars A classic, but understand it has been edited Nov. 14 2012
By Don Rogerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, but not exactly as you might remember it if you read it as a child. Some of the editing for the current version is simple updating; the Empire State Building was "the tallest building in the world" in the 1960 edition, for example, but is now "one of the tallest" in the current version.

Other edits are not as clearly necessary. The reference to the gun on the traffic cop's hip has been removed, leaving one of the visual jokes unexplained. While it might be thought that a reference to firearms in a children's book would offend modern sensibilities, the accurate illustrations of huge cigarette and beer billboards in Times Square are left in place. A puzzling decision.


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