Friday, July 2, 2010

Urban Animals

The city can be an exciting and adventurous place for a child (see The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe!), and now that summertime is in full swing, it's time to get out there and explore!

Growing up in New York was always such an awesome thing to me as a kid. My mother was an avid architecture lover and would point out all the historical buildings, as well as things I wouldn't have noticed about them - the detailing around the extravagant bay windows of Fifth Avenue apartment buildings, the gothic patterns banding around buildings down in Herald Square, the gargoyles howling at the sky around Central park. It was all so fascinating to me as a child.

Isabel Hill also shares a love for these hidden treasures of the city. In her book Urban Animals, Hill points out different animals integrated into the magnificent architecture of New York. It could serve as a fun guide for a day's adventure. So slather on that SPF 50, lace up your walking shoes, and hit the streets!

Urban Animals, available in both paperback and hardcover editions, was a finalist in the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Awards.

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