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The Secret Subway

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Spectacular strange-but-true tale of first New York subway.

Book Shana Corey History 2016
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The story of how Alfred Beach tried to build an early subway for New York City is fascinatingly recounted for the picture-book set with vivid, lively language and jaw-dropping artwork. THE SECRET SUBWAY is a quirky bit of history -- how many books aimed at preschoolers talk about Boss Tweed? -- and Shana Corey does an admirable job explaining the obstacles Beach faced in an accessible, engaging way.

The extraordinary artwork by Red Nose Studio (aka Chris Sickels) merits a full pictorial explainer on the inside of the book jacket. Resembling stills from an animated film, they're composed of clay model figures, cardboard collage backgrounds, hand-drawn accents, and meticulously crafted details. The innovative themes may prompt readers to start building their own dioramas.

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