Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island (Hardcover)
This beautifully-illustrated nonfiction book is a feast for the curious kid. Jennifer Thermes explores the uglier and sometimes hidden parts of the island's history, serves up a lot of quirky NYC lore (what might be buried under Central Park?), and all the famous landmarks make an appearance too. She also looks to the post-Hurricane Sandy, climate change future. This would make a great gift and is a school-library essential!— From Rebecca
Told in dazzling maps and informative sidebars, Manhattan explores the 400+ year history of Manhattan Island.
From before its earliest settlement to the vibrant metropolis that exists today, the island of Manhattan has always been a place of struggle, growth, and radical transformation. Humans, history, and natural events have shaped this tiny sliver of land for more than 400 years. In Manhattan, travel back in time to discover how a small rodent began an era of rapid change for the island. Learn about immigration, the slave trade, and the people who built New York City. See how a street plan projected the city’s future, and how epic fires and storms led to major feats of engineering above and below ground. Through dramatic illustrations, informative sidebars, and detailed maps inspired by historic archives, Manhattan explores the rich history that still draws people from all around the world to the island’s shores today. From The Battery downtown up to Inwood, every inch of the island has a story to tell.
About the Author
Jennifer Thermes is a map illustrator and the author-illustrator of books for children, including Manhattan, Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure and Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail. She lives in Connecticut.
"The vibrant history that unfolds will hold children's attention through repeated viewings."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Thermes, also a map illustrator, shows off her skills with detailed maps that reveal the origins of Broadway, Wall Street, and other landmarks . . . This slice of American history is a gem."
"Like Manhattan itself, much is packed into this handsomely illustrated history."
— Publishers Weekly
"The maps, colorful illustrations, and accessible text present a comprehensive history of Manhattan as an island and a good introduction to the study of urban growth for students of all ages."
— School Library Journal
"A fascinating account of New York City's development from the time of the Lenape people to the present day."
— Shelf Awareness
"The history in the book is as much an abundance as its pictures . . . a splendid homage."
— The Horn Book