Nana in the City
A young boy arrives in New York City on an overnight visit to Nana. The city is dark and sinister with its loud noises, graffiti, panhandlers, honking horns, and construction scaffolding. Even inside the safety of Nana’s apartment, the rumbling sounds make him too scared to fall asleep. In the morning, Nana presents him with a red cape for bravery and together they explore the city, listening to street musicians and visiting landmarks like Central Park. By the time the tour is over, the boy sees the city in a different light and declares that it isn’t filled with scary things, it is filled with extraordinary things.
Children and adults will appreciate Castillo’s vibrant illustrations against the backdrop of geometric cityscapes. The illustrations depict the fullness of activity in the city as the characters move through locations, making for additional discussion possibilities during story time. Although this story is about New York City, the message of the book is applicable for a child visiting any large city, or to demonstrate how to see a scary situation with a different perspective. The book is recommended for ages four to eight, but the text of the story is simple and reads quickly and would also be great for much younger children.
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