Told in dazzling maps and informative sidebars, critically acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer Thermes’s Manhattan explores the 400+ year history of Manhattan Island.
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.
Through dramatic illustrations, informative sidebars, and detailed maps inspired by historic archives, Manhattan explores the rich history that still draws people from all around the world to the island’s shores today. From The Battery downtown up to Inwood, every inch of the island has a story to tell.
“Thermes, also a map illustrator, shows off her skills with detailed maps that reveal the origins of Broadway, Wall Street, and other landmarks . . . This slice of American history is a gem.” —Booklist (Starred Review)
“A fascinating account of New York City’s development from the time of the Lenape people to the present day.” —Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
**STARRED REVIEW**Kirkus Reviews
"The vibrant history that unfolds will hold children's attention through repeated viewings."
"Thermes, also a map illustrator, shows off her skills with detailed maps that reveal the origins of Broadway, Wall Street, and other landmarks . . . This slice of American history is a gem."
**STARRED REVIEW**Publishers Weekly
"Like Manhattan itself, much is packed into this handsomely illustrated history."
**STARRED REVIEW**School Library Journal
"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."
**STARRED REVIEW**Shelf Awareness
"A fascinating account of New York City's development from the time of the Lenape people to the present day."
"The history in the book is as much an abundance as its pictures . . . a splendid homage."The Horn Book