Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year, New Ideas - Time for "Up & Down New York"



Photo from Amazon.com
When I started blogging back in 2007, I was going to record daily poems I shared with my daughters.  That was fun for them, and for me, for about a month.

Then, with the whole toddler poetry thing coming to a standstill, I got a new idea for my little students for 2008. I revised our curriculum. We would read about, and then discover ourselves, all the places in Up and Down New York, a beautiful book by Tony Sarg from the 1920s. Remarkably, most if not all of the places Sarg featured back in 1926 can still be visited today.

As is the fate of many a good plan... I forgot all about it. The years went by.  We even betrayed our beloved Manhattan by moving to the subrubs.  But my desire to take my kids on a Sarg Tour of the City remains. And 2011 is the year we are going to do it.

Here is the plan: one-by-one we'll visit each of the twenty-four landmarks Tony Sarg illustrates so vibrantly in Up and Down New York. Since my kids are significantly older now then when I hatched this plan three years ago, I am hopeful they really can learn a lot about what has changed in the great City of New York, and what really hasn't changed so much at all.

We'll plan to go to one or two places a month, and maybe try and be really productive in the warmer weather months. There are few indoor places that will work great for our first stop in chilly January.

Would you like to join us on our Sarg tour around New York City? Just leave a comment or email me.

Click here to read a review of Up and Down New York.
Click here to order Up and Down New York from Amazon.com.

6 comments:

l.e.s.ter said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to read reports on the visits! Hope you can get them all in before 2009 rolls around... ;)

Anna said...

Ha l.e.s.ter we haven't gotten them started yet alone done even by the time 2011 rolled around! But 2011 is gonna be the year of the Sarg Tour! Are you in?

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