My husband and I grew up not far from New York City, but we haven’t been back since our high school days. My seven year old daughter loves American Girl dolls and said she wanted to go to the American Girl Store in New York City. I though for a moment and told her it was a possibility sometime when we go to Pennsylvania. She was SO excited!! Very soon after that I was reminded that By the Way Book publishes wonderful travel books for kids such as the New York City from the By the Way Book Series. We had the opportunity to review their book about Pennsylvania about a year and a half ago. We loved that book! Here’s a link to the review.
I am reading this book to my 12 year old son and my 7 year old daughter during our “afternoon basket” time after lunch. This is the time that we have set aside to come together and do those activities that we just don’t ever get to and the ones we can do with multiple levels. So far this school year, we have done geography at this time, Bible devotions and a few chapter books. By The Way New York City was a great addition to our afternoon basket. We have been reading a few pages a day and enjoying learning about New York City and planning for our possible trip.
This book is very unique in it’s approach. It’s not just a story book or a travel guide, it’s both and much more. We are introduced to a youth pastor and his youth group as they get ready to head to New York City. This book is woven with Biblical truths and perspective. It also shows the very diverse ethnic background of the group and the destination.
We learned some very interesting facts about New York City:
- it has 175 zip codes and you can keep that in mind while planning your visit. See all the things in the same zip code at the same time. Sounds perfectly obvious, but I would not have thought to look at the zip codes in my planning. I also had no idea there were that many or that my kids didn’t really know what a zip code is. Hopefully they do now.
- we learned about pigeons and their importance in delivering messages. Did you know they can see over 26 miles? Did you know they can fly 700 miles in one day?
We learned about the subway, the Statue of Liberty, immigration, Ellis Island, nature in the city, the 9/11 Memorial, food carts, Wall Street, The Brooklyn Bridge, The United Nations, our military, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fanny Crosby, Staten Island, Brooklyn, turtles, Queens, squirrels and so much more!
We had just learned about Balto and how he helped get very much needed medicine to sick people in Alaska. They kids remembered that a statue of him is in Central Park. The book talks about it and has a picture of it.
We really enjoyed this book and will use this one and the Pennsylvania one in planning our next trip north. I’m not sure when it will be, but we will have some great resources to help our planning!!
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Other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review this By The Way book and a few others, Ireland, Indiana and Alaska. Click on the banner below to see what they thought of them and how they used the one they received.