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A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park

Author: Ashley Benham Yazdani
Lower Age: 7
Upper Age: 10
Year Added: 2019

A Green Place To Be: The Creation of Central Park is a book written and illustrated by Ashley Benham Yazdani and published by Candlewick Press. This book is intended for children ages 5 and up and presents the history and challenges behind building New York City’s Central Park. This book manages to be attention catching while being informative. The reader is introduced to Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the creators of the park who wanted to make a difference in the city.


A Green Place To Be presents the problem New York has with a lack of greenery in the city. The reader is taken on the journey Calvert and Frederick go on to design and implement their plans for the park. This book gets the reader interested in architecture, landscape design and stresses the importance of our environment. This book was short and enjoyable to read.


Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, create a prototype or process


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift:

A problem to be solved by developing a new or improved object, tool, or process, A client, Criteria


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Working collaboratively, design


Overall ratings:

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 3.7 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • "This book shows the importance of preserving the green places and it also explains the history of Central Park in a way that children can understand."