A City Is, poems by Norman Rosten, illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg, Henry Holt & Company, 2004. (Preschool/Early Elementary)
"A City Is" is a collection of poems about life in New York City throughout the year. Some are charming and resonate well, even with non-city dwellers; others are very New York City-centric. All, however, are just the right length for reading to pre-schoolers.
Melanie Hope Greenberg's illustrations have a joyful playfulness that seems to mark her work, and I just love it. She was an excellent choice of illustrator for this book because she can make all the poems in this collection relatable to everyone.