Dream Street

by Walker, Tricia Elam,

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On Dream Street, love between generations rules, everyone is special, and the warmth of the neighborhood shines. Meet kids like Azaria, who loves to jump double-Dutch one leg at a time; Zion, whose dream is to become a librarian; and cousins Ede and Tari, who dream of creating a picture book together one day. Meet grown-ups like Mr. Sidney, a retired mail carrier who greets everyone with the words, "Don't wait to have a great day. Create one!" and Ms. Sarah, whose voice is only a whisper but who has stories between the lines of her face that she'll share when you come close.
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Booklist Review: "Collaborating cousins Walker and Holmes offer an inspirational nod to the predominantly Black neighborhood of their childhood in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Dream Street, "the best street in the world," is home to many adults and children who set positive examples for those around them. Retired mail carrier Mr. Sidney dresses "to the nines" and urges everyone to have a good day; Belle studies butterflies and dreams of being a lepidopterist; Azaria hones her considerable rope-jumping skills; Dessa Rae nurtures her garden and her grandbaby, Little Song; and Ede (Holmes) burnishes her artistic talents while cousin Tari (Walker) scribbles stories in her notebook. The text flows lyrically, highlighting the natural talents of Dream Street residents as well as the encouragement they receive from community members. Holmes' colorful, mixed-media collage artwork shines through the vibrant portraits she creates of the street's residents, incorporating aspects of their dreams and personal style, showing each individual for who they are: a jewel-bright treasure. Whether she's depicting Zion surrounded by stacks of library books, or the Phillips brothers posed in their Sunday best, readers will note the earnest determination of this community to become their best selves. Beautiful and uplifting, this salute to the importance of family and friends will resonate widely."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Each spread in this powerful evocation of a warm, closely knit Black neighborhood offers a short sketch-in-language of one of its inhabitants by Elam Walker (Nana Akua Goes to School) and a vivid, brilliant collage portrait by Holmes (What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?)--cousins who, they explain in a note, grew up in such a neighborhood themselves. Belle, who wants to be a lepidopterist, catches butterflies in a jar but always lets them go: "Everything has a right to be free." Zion, who's always reading, whispers to the librarian, "Can boys be librarians?" ("Of course they can!" she whispers back.) Grown-ups live on Dream Street, too: Dessa Rae dozes with her grandbaby Little Song; her magnolias "make your eyes feel heavy, as if they want to close." From elders like Mr. Sidney, the retired mail carrier dressed "to the nines," to small children such as young Benjamin, who listens to the big kids playing after his bedtime, everybody knows everybody else, their lives are intertwined, and positive messages abound: "Don't wait to have a great day," says Mr. Sidney--"Create one!" A buoyant celebration of community nourishment, extolling the virtues of supporting children in dreaming freely and fully. Ages 4--8. Agent (for Elam Walker and Holmes): Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Neighborhoods Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
streets juvenile fiction
Neighborhoods Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Juvenile Literature
African American Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
Picture books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Random House Children's Books,2021
Random House Children's Books2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Holmes, Ekua, artist.
OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive Read
Requires Amazon Kindle
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780525581123
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