Thursday, July 28, 2011

Down in the Subway

This morning's commute was nightmarish. Subway delays, broken air conditioning, and cranky passengers made for a highly unpleasant trip. Hot and crowded, I would have given anything to have just the hint of a breeze to relieve my discomfort. Alas, no dice. Instead we were trapped in the tunnel for what seemed like eons. In an attempt to distract myself I studied a series of advertisements along the top of the subway car, which were enticing commuters to cast aside their suits, ties, and heels and fly off to a beautiful tropical island getaway. The white sand beaches, the hammocks strung between palm trees, the beautiful turquoise ocean beckoning. . .what I wouldn't give to be there instead of in the stifling heat!

Instantly I was reminded of Miriam Cohen's Down in the Subway. For Oscar and his mama, a hot subway ride leads into a magical adventure - thanks to the Island Lady. While the passengers fan themselves, Oscar twirls around a pole, sneaking peeks at the Island Lady. Finally she smiles and asks if he would like to see what is in her bag. When she reaches in, she pulls out first a cool blue Island breeze, then everything from the Caribbean Sea to delicious foods and even a whole Island town! The entire train has a party, enjoying the wonderful treat that the Island Lady has given them in lieu of their regular commute. Never has a subway ride been so exciting!

While this is certainly an exception from the norm, children will love reading Cohen's book over and over. Surprise adventure is always fun to read about, and who knows? Maybe on your next subway ride, you too will encounter the magical Island Lady! Pick up a copy of Down in the Subway today.

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