Welcome to the Big Apple! From A to Z, the city that never sleeps has something to offer everyone! Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric Animals, get a Bird’s-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Check out Central Park in this alphabetical tour from bestselling duo Laura Krauss Melmed and Frané Lessac.
<p>Laura Krauss Melmed is author of <em>Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z</em> and <em>New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z</em>, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; <em>I Love You As Much . . . </em>, illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed <em>The Rainbabies</em>, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.</p>
I grew up in a small town on top of the Palisades in New Jersey. From my bedroom window, I could see the famous skyscraper skyline of New York City. In the hot summer months I could hear the shrieks of people riding on the roller coaster at a nearby amusement park.
My work has led me on many adventures in numerous countries. Traveling continues to be a major source of inspiration for my work as I render my impression of a country and its way of life in oil and gouache paintings. My greatest ambition is to instill pride and self-esteem in children about their unique heritage and their own ability to capture in it pictures and words.