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About the Author

William Low was born and raised in New York City. He is a lover of trains and New York architecture. Mr. Low is the author and illustrator of "Chinatown" and a four-time Silver Medal winner at the Society of Illustrators. Currently, he teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Story Worth Knowing 14 July 2008
By Fred Fandango - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 7-year-old son and I both enjoy this book. It tells the simple, but poignent story of the destruction of the grand old Pennsylvania station in New York, by a world entralled with the automobile and unable to see a future in passenger train travel. With today's $4.00/gallon gas prices, the shortsightedness is all too apparent. I have often marveled at how plain and uninviting (and difficult to access) the current Penn Station is. Well, this is the story why. My son is a big fan of trains and he enjoys the beautiful illustrations. This book is not on the usual lists of great, prize winning children's books, but it should be.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful children's book 28 Jun. 2007
By Bo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Obviously the previous reviewer expected an adult's illustrated history book. That it is not. Its a wonderful children's book with lots of thoughtful and painstaking details. My kids look at the pictures and imagine what it would be like to be in the station.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 30 July 2007
By Terrence Hewitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Finally a book that dosn't dumb it down for kids. We received it 2 weeks ago and we still love exploring it again again. It seems there is always something new we find in the illistrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Sons' Favorite 9 Dec. 2008
By NoPigeonHole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book over a year ago for no other reason than my boys love trains. We've read it at least twice a week ever since. The artwork is beautiful--my little one loves the construction workers on the front end paper and the demolition workers at the end. We've used the book to discuss everything from construction techniques (builders throwing hot rivets!) to still-standing landmarks like Grand Central Station to how books are illustrated, and when we drive through NJ, I point out (roughly) where the rubble was dumped. It's too bad some people gave it a bad review simply because they didn't notice it was a children's book before they bought it. It will teach your kids to respect and protect things that are old and beautiful and get them interested in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Penn Station Inspires Children! 27 Mar. 2009
By W. G. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a teacher, I had to have this book. As a small child, one of my earliest memories is getting off the train to view the Pennsylvania Railroad's Manhattan palace. At the time, it had less than a year to stand. I remember that I could not stop looking up, and I knew before anything else happened that New York City was a very special place. I didn't return to Penn Station until the 1980's, and had somehow not heard of the great station's demise. I was heartbroken to say the least. This book brings back the station's grandeur like none other that I have seen. The color is brought back to a place that I have seen only black and white photographs of. The language in the text makes kids feel like they are there. they were horrified to hear that such a beautiful building was torn down. They were disappointed to hear what had taken its place. In a time that promotes the new and the sensational, they now understand that some old things are worth saving. To me, it is obvious the goal set by the author/illustrator in creating this book has most certainly been achieved. My students will remember this book and its message.
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