Cityscape: Where Art and Science Meet

Cityscape: Where Art and Science Meet
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Release Date
May 19, 2020
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Triangles and towers. Bricks and blocks. Engineering and art. A city has all those—and more! Acclaimed author and photographer April Pulley Sayre explores the basic STEAM concepts that are always just around the corner with striking photographs and a lyrical, layered text. Cityscape celebrates the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics of urban life.

April Pulley Sayre has turned her keen photographic eye to the art and architecture that fills every city. Stunning photographs illuminate basic STEAM concepts such as geometry (lines, angles, and shapes), transportation, power, building, construction, balance, and community, while also celebrating the beauty, diversity, and magic of human creativity and the written word.

This informational picture book features a rich, read-aloud text, remarkable full-color photographs, and excellent backmatter. Cityscape is an ideal resource for teaching how art, science, and design intersect and an accessible, awe-inspiring choice for story time.

Includes backmatter with information about the photographs and additional resources for STEAM activities.

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fascinating and cool collection of photographs
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CITYSCAPE is a photographic journey through interesting views in cities, including bridges, mirror windows, levers, and pulleys. The text is minimal throughout and forms a sparse poem, allowing the photographs to speak largely for themselves. The book concludes with questions and ideas for how to explore the cities near you.

What I loved: The photographs here are stunning, and this is a lovely book just to flip through. There is a lot of interesting things for children to point out and discuss with regards to architecture and construction. Many things are both beautiful and useful, like bridges and some parking garages. This would even be a great coffee table book. The text is pretty sparse and poetic, allowing the photos to stand on their own. As a result, the pages could turn as fast as the eyes can explore the images. Many ages of children (and adults) could enjoy this book as well. A particular favorite with our little one is the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile which appears on a bridge, but there are lots of really cool things to explore.

What left me wanting more: As a minor point, I would have liked to have additional context for the images on each image, such as of the cities they were taken in and/or the structures shown. Some are pretty recognizable, but there are a lot that I don't know and would be cool to learn more about.

Final verdict: A lovely collection of photographs, CITYSCAPE explores the beauty of architecture that can be found in cities. This is a book that could appeal to many ages.
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