Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Manhattan- Mapping the Story of an Island 

 Join us for a very special author visit with Jennifer Thermes as she brings us "Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island". On Saturday September 7th at 2:00pm, Jennifer will discuss how she came to write and illustrate her book and will sign copies.

About the book from the publisher:

Through dramatic illustrations, informative sidebars, and detailed maps inspired by historic archives, MANHATTAN: Mapping the Story of an Island (on sale August 6, 2019; Abrams Books for Young Readers; ages 8–12) by map illustrator and author Jennifer Thermes, explores the rich history that still draws people from all around the world to the island’s shores today. 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. From The Battery downtown up to Inwood, every inch of the island has a story to tell.

Some early reviews quotes (note the starred reviews!):

 “This slice of American history is a gem.” ~ Booklist, starred review

 “The vibrant history that unfolds will hold children’s attention through repeated viewings.” ~ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 “Like Manhattan itself, much is packed into this handsomely illustrated history.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The maps, colorful illustrations, and accessible text present a comprehensive history of Manhattan as an island and a good introduction to the study of urban growth for students of all ages." ~  School Library Journal, starred review

About the author: 

Jennifer Thermes is a map illustrator and the author-illustrator of books for children, including Charles Darwin’s Around the-World Adventure and Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail. She lives in Connecticut.