Academic journal article Language Arts

Uptown

Academic journal article Language Arts

Uptown

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Uptown Written and illustrated by Bryan Collier Henry Holt, 2000, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 7569-7811-2 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner

"Uptown is a caterpillar. Well, it's really the Metro- North train as it eases over the Harlem River." Thus begins this marvelous picturebook where a young boy describes his neighborhood, highlighting the landmarks, activities, and sounds. Uptown is everything from chicken and waffles served around the clock to a row of brownstones that look like they're made of chocolate. On weekends, uptown is shopping on 125th street and going to the Apollo Theater to see the greatest entertainers in the world. In addition, uptown is jazz and a barbershop where last night's ball game is discussed. There are little sisters wearing matching dresses on their way to church and an orange sunset over the Hudson River.

The beautiful figurative language enables young readers to feel what it is like to be in Harlem. …

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