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The Resource Nana in the city, by Lauren Castillo

Nana in the city, by Lauren Castillo

Label
Nana in the city
Title
Nana in the city
Statement of responsibility
by Lauren Castillo
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 When a little boy arrives in a big city to stay with Nana in her new apartment, he is overwhelmed and scared by the noise, the crowds, and the new experiences, from subway trains to panhandlers to graffiti. That next morning, though, he feels brave in the red cape Nana has knitted for him—brave enough to venture out with her to explore. Now confident, he embraces new experiences and finds the city “filled with extraordinary things!” The short, simple text reads aloud well, and the watercolor artwork extends the narrative’s tone and content beautifully. Strong, expressive black lines define the characters and settings, while autumn colors and interesting textures help bring the images to life. Children will want to linger over the busy urban scenes, discovering for themselves what might scare or excite the boy, while watching his body language convey his initial fears and his later engagement with all that he sees. A rewarding picture book with a vibrant setting. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 09-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 2, p59)
  • PreS-Gr 1 — Nana's young grandson is excited about staying with her, but her new apartment is in the city, which, according to him, is "busy," "loud," and "filled with scary things." Nana, however, thinks the city is "bustling, booming, and extraordinary," and the next day, she takes him out to experience the sights and sounds for himself. Soon, the boy discovers that "busy" can be fun as he romps through Central Park, which is filled with people appreciating a fine fall day. "Loud" is actually enjoyable as he listens to street musicians and sees a fellow break-dancing to recorded music. By day's end, he comes to realize that the city is "filled with extraordinary things" and is "the absolute perfect place…to visit." While the child's account is related in brief text, the watercolor illustrations tell readers much more. They see him initially hang back as his grandmother leads him into the cavernous subway, hold hands over his ears and grimace at construction and traffic noises, and cling to Nana as a street person approaches her for money, which later becomes for him a friendly encounter when she offers the man a pretzel. Dark, graffiti-filled scenes change to a spread dominated by reds and yellows as the boy points in wonder to the lights, buildings, and bustle of the city at day's end. This is a fine example of how firsthand experience can overcome initial fear. Pair it with Lilian Moore's celebration of the city in Mural on Second Avenue (Turtleback, 2013).—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed July 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 7, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ “I love my nana,” a boy explains, “but I don’t love the city.” She greets him with a hug, but he’s still nervous. “The city is busy,” he says (crowds press in). “The city is loud” (a whistle shrieks). “The city is filled with scary things” (the boy shrinks from a homeless man holding out a cup). “It is no place for a nana to live,” he concludes. While he sleeps, nana knits him a gift—a big red cape. A series of vignettes shows him wearing it the next morning, striking delighted poses. With new courage, the boy discovers a city he hasn’t seen before—one full of life, wonder, and pretzels for homeless men: “It is the absolute perfect place for a nana to live,” he decides. Castillo (The Troublemaker) examines childhood anxiety and the crucial love of grandparents with sensitivity, while her portraits of the city’s challenges are honest and affectionate. It deserves a place on the shelf of classic New York City picture books. Ages 4–8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 9, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 23, p)
  • A child learns to appreciate Nanaâ€TMs urban environs.Nana has a new apartment in the city, and her grandchild is excited but nervous about visiting. “I love my nana, / but I donâ€TMt love the city,” she tells readers. Accompanying art depicts how the city seems “busy” and “loud” and “filled with scary things.” Illustrating the last point, the picture shows the child small and scared against a graffitied wall while following Nana and looking back at a homeless man who is begging with a cup held before him. That night, Nana listens to her grandchildâ€TMs fears and promises a better day, but she also describes her love of the city. A facing wordless spread depicts Nana knitting into the night; careful readers may recognize the red yarn from a title-page vignette of two cats with a ball of yarn. The next day, she gifts her grandchild a knitted red cape (the same one depicted in jacket art). This acts as a security blanket or magical talisman of sorts to change the childâ€TMs perspective of the city. Even an encounter with the previously “scary” homeless person becomes an opportunity for kindness as Nana hands him not money, but food. Throughout, Castilloâ€TMs soft, warmly colored art expresses the childâ€TMs changing feelings about the city while also depicting the charactersâ€TM close bond.A sweet story for country-mouse readers. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10355460
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Castillo, Lauren
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
LC call number
PZ7.C2687244
LC item number
Nan 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • City and town life
  • Grandmothers
  • Courage
  • City and town life
  • Grandmothers
  • Courage
Target audience
primary
Label
Nana in the city, by Lauren Castillo
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544104433
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013043953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)863801692
Label
Nana in the city, by Lauren Castillo
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544104433
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013043953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)863801692

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