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New York
The Empire State

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By: Margery Facklam and Peggy Thomas / Illustrated by: Jon Messer

Welcome to New York, the Empire State

From Long Island Sound to the Adirondacks to Niagra Falls to the Hudson Valley—a mother and daughter team up to co-author this region-by-region introduction to the great state of New York.

New York has a rich history, from the first peoples who lived throughout the area to the Dutch and English settlers to the millions of people from all walks of life who live and work there today. It’s a land of vibrant cities such as Albany and New York City, natural wonders such as the Catskills and the Finger Lakes, and miles of farmlands, busy ports, and historic towns and sites.

Lively illustrations fill each page while inset panels introduce the people, places, and events that have shaped the Empire State over the centuries.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Margery Facklam, author

Margery Facklam is the author of numerous books, including Bugs for Lunch and Lizards Weird and Wonderful (Little, Brown). In 2005 Margery was awarded the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. She lives near Buffalo, New York.

Peggy Thomas, author

Peggy Thomas is the author of Joshua the Giant Frog (Pelican), as well as a dozen nonfiction titles. Peggy lives in Middleport, New York.

Jon Messer, illustrator

Jon Messer has been a watercolorist his entire life and an architectural illustrator for more than twenty years. New York is his first children’s book. Jon lives in Granada Hills, California.

Awards & Honors:

Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, 2007

Editorial Reviews:


This introduction to New York is beautifully illustrated, and that's its strong suit. Dividing the state into 15 regions, the coverage goes from downstate to upstate. A snapshot approach is used, making this an overview rather than a research tool: a few facts about each region accompany the watercolor pictures. Even at that, some of the information is vague and might be misleading (although you can walk the streets of Sleepy Hollow, it isn't a quaint village as the authors imply). At least one piece of information is incorrect. Ice Age glaciers did not slice Long Island away from what is now Pennsylvania and push it north to where it is today. Some illustrations are not identified (for the Albany area, the illustration of city hall will surely be mistaken for the state capital by many readers). With those caveats, this attractive book will attract browsers and may entice some children to learn more, especially those residing in New York State or those planning a trip. –Randall Enos


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ISBN: 978-1-57091-661-8

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Ages: 7-10
Page count: 40
8 1/2 x 11

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