From days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await. Michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do. Mari Takabayashi's diminutive scenes, busy with cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of New York City to life for children all around the world.
From days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await, Michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do.
Mari Takabayashi’s diminutive scenes, busy with cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of New York City to life for children all around the world.
Mari Takabayashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied at Otsuma Women’s College. She illustrated Flannel Kisses and Marshmallow Kisses and is the author and illustrator of I Live in Brooklyn and I Live in Toyko. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York.
K-Gr 3-Six-year-old Michelle lives in Brooklyn with her mother, father, and
little sister. A map of the U.S. highlights New York State while another one
of Brooklyn showcases some neighborhoods as well as its proximity to the other
boroughs. A bird's-eye view of the narrator's home reveals rows of attached
buildings amid lush greenery. The child tells about her family, her school
day, and seasonal activities-trick-or-treating, sledding in Prospect Park,
blowing bubbles on the stoop, watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the
rooftop, and taking the subway to Coney Island. The book's layout and the
appealing, childlike watercolor illustrations are similar to those in
Takabayashi's I Live in Tokyo (Houghton, 2001). Set against crisp, white
borders, the vibrant folk-art paintings vary in size from quarter-page images
to full spreads. However, Michelle visits Central Park, the Museum of Natural
History, Fifth Avenue, and the farmer's market in Union Square, and the author
neglects to mention that these places are not in Brooklyn. Also, she never
really captures the true flavor of the borough. While youngsters may be
inspired to write and draw about their own lives after reading this tale, they
will learn little about this diverse, historic place.-Barbara Auerbach, New
York City Public Schools Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
A year's worth of daily activities fills I Live in Brooklyn by Mari
Takabayashi, a companion to I Live in Tokyo. A girl who lives with her family
in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens takes readers through her routines (chasing the
B75 bus each morning with her mother) and special events, such as trips to the
Central Park Zoo and Coney Island, as she lists her favorite urban sights and
smells. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Sunny, beautifully patterned watercolors are full of delightful detail. In a folk-art style, they capture the diversity, bustling moments, and serenity of home sweet home." Booklist, ALA
"Youngsters may be inspired to write and draw about their own lives after reading this tale." School Library Journal