On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists
On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists
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Annotation: Fifteen artists portray in words and pictures a place special to them, from a grandmother's garden to a movie theater.
Genre: Visual arts
Catalog Number: #5810009
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: 30 pages
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
ISBN: 0-89239-240-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-89239-240-7
Dewey: 704
LCCN: 2007000393
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen artists provide vibrant and exuberantly colorful paintings that depict special places, neighborhoods and memories that have shaped their art and their lives. Paintings are accompanied by the artists' loving reminiscences of meaningful childhood or contemporary moments and fun-filled places to which readers will relate, ranging from a Honolulu movie theater to an Iranian courtyard filled with 32 cats. This is a loving, wonderfully illustrated homage to the neighborhood of place, family, heart and mind. "On my block" can mean the "park-park" down the street, an artist's studio or the ocean that bounds both Vietnam and California. Children will very likely be stimulated to think about places that are special to them. That some of the artists are lesser known lends a more personal, immediate dimension to their art and words. (Nonfiction. 6-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-This anthology is the third effort by the publisher to commission a group of diverse artists to interpret a common theme. Some of the painters have chosen to create literal depictions of neighborhoods from their childhoods, while others conjure a dreamscape or a contemporary locale. From Josi Ram'rez's baseball games on the streets of Los Angeles and Jonathan Warmday's pueblo fireside to Kim Cogan's studio in San Francisco or Elaine Pedlar's long-ago bottom bunk in Queens, NY, these paintings and descriptions are sure to inspire children to contemplate their own favorite settings. In contrast to Just Like Me (Children's Book Press, 1997), edited by Harriet Rohmer, this book is a bit over-designed. Since many of the compositions spill onto the second page of the spread, where a photograph of the artist, a caption, and the text compete for attention, the use of brackets to connect the labels to the photographs and the changing fonts and colors for the multiple headings on a page are unnecessary. Also, since a point of interest is the variety of media employed, it's unfortunate that they aren't noted. Nevertheless, the title has much to recommend it, and teachers will gain a rich resource with which to introduce the concept of place.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Guided Reading Level: S
Fountas & Pinnell: S

Is there a corner of your block that you love to explore? A room in your house that holds a special memory? A piece of your home country that you particularly miss? A faraway place you've only heard about from an elder family member that excites your imagination? Children's Book Press asked fifteen gifted fine artists to portray, in words and pictures, the places and spaces most special to them, and On My Block is the remarkable result.The places these visual artists have chosen to represent are moving, funny, and unexpected. Readers will soar from the rooftops of South Brooklyn to the adobe-colored desert of Taos Pueblo, from a basement in San Francisco's Japantown to a Mississippi Gulf Coast porch. A garden in Mexico overflows with blossoms while another in Tehran hums with the purring of thirty-two cats, and an empty lot in a bustling Havana neighborhood is transformed into a country farm.On My Block is a celebration of community, an homage to neighborhoods across the world, and an exploration of past and present. The fifteen gorgeous paintings and stories ask you to ponder the places that comprise your world. What's on your block, down your street, in another country, that makes up who you are?

My abuelita's garden / Cecilia Alvarez
Hawaii CineramaTheater / Carl Angel
The "park-park" / Cbabi Bayoc
My studio / Kim Cogan
The empty page / Maya Christina Gonzalez
South Brooklyn, N.Y. / Yasmin Hernandez
Norio Company / Felicia Hoshino
The garden of 32 cats / Sara Kahn
Tai-pau's house / Conan Low
The front porch / Joseph Person
The bottom bunk / Elaine Pedlar
The Pacific shoreline / Ann Phong
Ithaca Avenue / Jose Ramirez
Joseito's little farm / Tonel
My grandparents' home / Jonathan Warmday.

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