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Building Manhattan: 07/22/10
Sometimes a book will call to me from a shelf at a book store or more likely a library and I will ignore it. It will keep calling me each time I return. Building Manhattan by Laura Vila, is one of these books. I didn't check it out until my son asked me to. It's bright color had been calling to both of us, apparently.
Building Manhattan uses beautiful and bold paintings to illustrate the history of Manhattan island from the first human settlers through modern times. The emphasis is on how mankind has changed the island over time. It's focused and simplified but a good starting point for a number of different discussions.
Sean and I took the book and went on to talk about who lived on Manhattan, where the island is located, the history of the island (including the destruction of the World Trade Center towers), Percy Jackson (specifically, The Last Olympian) and finally the fact that Sean has family from nearby Long Island.