Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What’s Great About New York? by Ann Malaspina: Book Review

“Our Great States” (series)
What’s Great About New York?
Author: Ann Malaspina

Publisher: Lerner Publications Company
Ages: 8-11, Middle Grade, 2015
Pages: 32

Discover ten things to see and do in this introduction to the state of New York. Visit New York City’s Broadway where actors and authors alike sought and fulfilled their dreams, or discover the city’s below ground subway system, and architectural wonders like the Empire State building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. Readers may be surprised to learn that New York City was the first capital of the United States in 1789. Learn how New York became a busy port in 1825 with the building of the Erie Canal waterway, and about the state’s other famous waterway the Hudson River. There is the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, where “people say the game of baseball started.” Take a trolley tour of Niagara Falls or ride under the mist in the Maid of the Mist boat. Lastly, discover New York City’s most recent historical addition, a memorial to the victims of the September 2001 terrorist attack. What’s Great About New York? is well written and packed full of information with plenty of photos, including a map, facts list, glossary, source list, and index.


  1. Great post, I have been to New York, Niagara Falls and went on the Maid if the Mist.
    Brought back happy memories.

  2. Thanks, Yvonne. This is the kind of book you find in school libraries. Light nonfiction and kids learn something. Had to laugh at my grandson when I took him one day. He only wanted the "real" stories. He would have liked this :-)

  3. As a teen, I loved books about places I had never visited. It still is pretty alluring.

    But when I plan a trip to a new place, I go absolutely nuts at the library.

  4. Oh, I hear you. Wandering the shelves of the library is an old past time. Unfortunately, I seldom do anymore. Online is so much easier.

  5. Great review! This sounds like an informative little book...

    1. Thanks! I need to catch up on Nick and Coco's adventures at your blog.

  6. New York state has so much to offer. I was on The maid of the Mist just 3 months ago well, in Canada it is now called The Hornblower but Maid of the Mist was ours for decades. NYC has so much to do just that city alone. I also love Watkin's Glen at the Finger Lakes.

    1. I would love to visit someday. Have never been there. As you say, there is so much to see. Thanks!


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