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StoryMakers with Jennifer Thermes MANHATTAN

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StoryMakers with Jennifer Thermes MANHATTAN
We’re in a New York State of Mind! On StoryMakers, Rocco is joined by author/illustrator Jennifer Thermes to chat about MANHATTAN, her picture book which maps and uncovers the island’s history from its first residents, the Lenape, who named the land Mannahatta or “island of many hills,” all the way to the present – in just 64 pages! Watch and discover the many untold stories of the people and events which shaped one of the world’s most vibrant cities!

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.

Try this Mapping Activity with Kids:

Picture Books and Primary Sources: Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island by Jennifer Thermes

ABOUT Jennifer

JENNIFER THERMES is a children’s book author, illustrator, and map illustrator. Her recent nonfiction picture books include CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE and GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. She has also created maps for books such as Thornghost, The Emperor’s Ostrich, and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Jennifer loves weaving maps that give a sense of geography and place into her stories, and is fascinated by the big picture of history and how it connects with our lives today. In her free time Jennifer likes to walk, garden, read, draw, and figure out where to put her ever-growing piles of books. She lives with her family in a quirky antique farmhouse in Connecticut.


ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Muriel Feldshuh

What an interesting book about MANHATTAN! I’ve lived in Brooklyn, N.Y all of my life and always enjoy visiting Manhattan but I can see there is so much more for me to learn. I can’t wait to purchase a copy of this book. Thanks also to Rocco for his relaxed way of talking to the authors/illustrators who visit KidLit.
In appreciation.


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