Dream Street
Dream Street
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Annotation: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES • FIVE STARRED REVIEWS   Visit a truly special ... more
Catalog Number: #312140
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Holmes, Ekua,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-525-58110-3 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-1252-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-525-58110-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-1252-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2020046360
Dimensions: 29 cm
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
In an already-special neighborhood, a very special street ensures that a community is able to thrive.Dream Street is an appropriately named space for Black kids to play and grow with the nourishment and support of their elders. From the chalk drawings and hopscotch boards to the garden behind Dessa Rae’s house or Ede’s treasure trove at the top of the hill, the neighborhood very much teems with life and the aspirations of these young people. Holmes’ brilliantly hued collage work and Walker’s detailed genealogy of the street show how Ms. Sarah the Hat Lady, the dapper retiree Mr. Sidney, Ms. Barbara the friendly librarian, and several other adults have all paved the way for Dream Street to be an avenue of communal enrichment and thoughtful preparation for everything that awaits these kids. The book is more a collection of character studies than a story, and each double-page spread is devoted to one person or, sometimes, a group. Walker’s text sits opposite Holmes’ portraits, which occupy as much space as they need. The five Phillips boys, all named for jazz musicians, stand close together for a single-page vertical composition in their Sunday suits; Dessa Rae’s portrait extends across the gutter, allowing her to stretch out in a chaise longue with grandbaby Little Song pillowed on her chest. (This book was reviewed digitally.)Dreams for Black children manifest in striking art as the very idea of street is reimagined. (author & illustrator's note) (Picture book. 4-10)
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 3 Meet the residents of Dream Streetthe best street in the worldin this uplifting, joyful picture book that celebrates the power of possibility. Each spread introduces readers to one of the Dream Street locals, such as Mr. Sidney, a man reading the newspaper on his stoop while "dressed to the nines." Azaria, meanwhile, is the undisputed Double Dutch queen of the neighborhood, while Zion travels the world through his library books. The collage illustrations, made with found and created papers, fabric, and acrylic paints, capture the individuality and personality of each Dream Street dweller, all of whom are Black. The story's conclusion emphasizes the world of opportunity and adventure that awaits the children of the neighborhood. Reallife cousins Walker and Holmes provide a note about the inspirations behind the story. VERDICT This celebratory series of vignettes that becomes so much more than the sum of its parts overflows with Black joy and is an invaluable addition to all collections. Olivia Gorecke, Cape May Cty. Lib., Ocean View, NJ
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
In an already-special neighborhood, a very special street ensures that a community is able to thrive.Dream Street is an appropriately named space for Black kids to play and grow with the nourishment and support of their elders. From the chalk drawings and hopscotch boards to the garden behind Dessa Rae’s house or Ede’s treasure trove at the top of the hill, the neighborhood very much teems with life and the aspirations of these young people. Holmes’ brilliantly hued collage work and Walker’s detailed genealogy of the street show how Ms. Sarah the Hat Lady, the dapper retiree Mr. Sidney, Ms. Barbara the friendly librarian, and several other adults have all paved the way for Dream Street to be an avenue of communal enrichment and thoughtful preparation for everything that awaits these kids. The book is more a collection of character studies than a story, and each double-page spread is devoted to one person or, sometimes, a group. Walker’s text sits opposite Holmes’ portraits, which occupy as much space as they need. The five Phillips boys, all named for jazz musicians, stand close together for a single-page vertical composition in their Sunday suits; Dessa Rae’s portrait extends across the gutter, allowing her to stretch out in a chaise longue with grandbaby Little Song pillowed on her chest. (This book was reviewed digitally.)Dreams for Black children manifest in striking art as the very idea of street is reimagined. (author & illustrator's note) (Picture book. 4-10)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred 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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Starred Review ALA Booklist (7/1/21)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal Starred Review (9/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMESFIVE STARRED REVIEWS
 
Visit a truly special street bursting with joy, hope, and dreams. Inspired by the neighborhood where they grew up as cousins, this gorgeous picture book from an award-winning illustrator and critically acclaimed author is the perfect gift or keepsake for every generation.
 
Welcome to Dream Street--the best street in the world!  Jump rope with Azaria--can you Double Dutch one leg at a time?  Dream big with Ede and Tari, who wish to create a picture book together one day. Say hello with Mr. Sidney, a retired mail carrier who greets everyone with the words, "Don't wait to have a great day. Create one!" On Dream Street, love between generations rules, everyone is special, and the warmth of the neighborhood shines.
 
A magical story from the critically acclaimed author of Nana Akua Goes to School and a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning illustrator. Illuminating this vivid cast of characters are vibrant, joyful illustrations that make this neighborhood--based on the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston where the author and illustrator grew up together as cousins--truly sing. This book is a perfect way for parents to share with their children the importance of community.


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