Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day

32p. 978-0-81098-971-9.
Gr 1-3 Similar in variety of activities to Lee Bennett Hopkins's "City I Love"(Abrams, 2009), and similar in tone to Barbara Joosse's "Hot City"(Philomel, 2004), this story introduces a young narrator who seems to have covered every inch of her diverse urban block, celebrating a special day with her neighbors and relatives, dancing, double-Dutch jumping, snacking, and having fun in her own backyard. Full-bleed spreads in hot summer colors show the vibrant neighborhood as it pulsates with life. The book's lively illustrations and energetic main character lead readers to think about their own neighborhood, and the kind acts and community spirit that make good neighbors. This story in verse is sure to receive a warm welcome, and it might inspire youngsters to institute their own "Neighbors' Day."-"Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
An African American girl moving about her neighborhood describes her excitement leading up to the evening's block party, which culminates in an outdoor dance party: "Hustle...bustle...salsa sway, / Wild day, around our way." The unpredictable rhymes keeps readers on their toes--and keep those toes tapping. The mural-like acrylics full of loose-limbed celebrants are a little rough around the edges.

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