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Laura Schaefer got her start as a contributor to the University of Wisconsin’s student paper The Daily Cardinal and went on to write regularly for The Princeton Review and Match.com. Laura is the author of The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2008), and Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor (Avalon 2005). Laura is also the author and publisher of the Planet Explorers series of travel guidebooks for kids. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Check out Laura's websites: www.teashopgirls.com and http://planetexplorers.webnode.com.
on Oct. 27, 2011 :
This is a very useful resource for families who are seeking a kid's eye view of New York City. Geared towards 10-14 year olds, but suitable for both younger and older adventurers, the Kindle format makes it possible to have it close at hand without giving you the "tourist" vibe you'd get with a regular guide book.
Filled with fascinating historical facts about New York and its attractions, you also get simple, easy to follow advice on how to make the most of your visits to Central Park, Times Square, F.A.O. Schwarz, Bronx Zoo, Ellis Island, The Met, MOMA, the Empire State Building, and more, plus other cool places you may not be familiar with, such as the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the South Street Seaport et al.
It completes the virtual tour with tips on cool spots to shop, and of course recommendations for great eating spots from among the 19,000 available Manhattan restaurants. There are also bits of trivia with lists of movies that feature New York, people born in New York (Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Colin Powell) and of course travel tips and maps. There's even a quiz at the end to test your newly minted knowledge. The only thing missing is a list of recommended affordable family-friendly hotels (if these exist in New York City) or at least a list of popular, centrally located hotels that welcome family visits.
Highly recommended if you're planning a trip to the Big Apple with kids, as they can make their own choices way in advance of booking the tickets.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2011 :
This book is very fact based and would be a perfect travel companion for someone who is visiting New York for the first (or tenth) time! The material is very comprehensive and geared for older readers. I am a mom to young (5 and under) children and this book was over their heads. However, it was a great conversation starter with the photos and descriptions that triggered excitement for future trips! :)
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Oct. 02, 2011 :
The other book I got to read through was Planet Explorers New York City. I’ve been to NY before but never experienced it the way it’s presented in this book. It makes me want to go back and see all the attractions we can visit. I can’t believe I never knew of the memorial to John Lennon called Strawberry Fields. That is a MUST see for me.
I love all the info the author provides for all the museums we can visit(including a “what’s cool section”), along with great places to eat while you’re there.
With what I’ve gotten to read about all the great things to do in NYC, I think I could spend a month there and never get bored. And I know I’d bring this book along with me to help me along the way and to make sure I don’t miss a thing.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)