Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Subway Story by Julia Sarcone-Roach - OPTIONAL

Sarcone-Roach, Julia  Subway Story.  PICTURE BOOK Alfred A Knopf, 2011. $16.99 Content: PG.  Jessie is a subway car in the busy city of New York.  She is brought to the city to impress people for the 1964 World Fair.  The book follows her life as she transports people for almost forty years.  The book shows all the different things people do on the subway-playing music or painting graffiti on the sides.  Jessie likes to ride the route under the river and the pictures are fun.  However, in the middle of the book Jessie gets replaced by the newer subway cars, and she gets taken to a warehouse and cleaned out and put on a river barge.  Out in the Atlantic Ocean the subway cars are dumped into the ocean, which I think would be a bit frightening for children and the illustrations show the subway cars as scared, but it ends up that they become an artificial reef for the sea life.  So Jessie is happy because she has a new purpose.  I thought the book was interesting and at the end it provides a short history about how this is based on a true story, but it might be a bit scary for kids to think that when you get old you get dumped in the middle of the ocean.  EL-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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