Harlem Harlem is a Caldecott honored picture book written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by his son, Christopher Myers. The text of the picture book is poetic (it is written in blank verse) which made me hesitate to pick the book up off of the shelf, but the language paired with the wonderful illustrations really give the picture book a richness that I have never experienced when reading a children’s book before. The mix of the abstract pictures and choice words and phrases balance off of each other very well and help create a story within the story itself. The book is written for children in the upper-elementary age range; fourth grade students and above. I believe it is the perfect complement to an African-American history lesson. While the vagueness and variety of emotion in the text and illustrations can seem a little darker at times, the similes and metaphors paint a truthful, interesting picture of Harlem’s history. One of my favorite verses in the book is “They brought a call, a song… like a scream torn from the throat of an ancient clarinet” (n.p). It beautifully expresses how people brought native chants and songs to Harlem and sang freely upon their arrival. The picture that accompanies the verse is a man with outstretched arms standing on what seems to be the top of a building. It expresses the freedom and serenity that contrasts the verse coupled with it, but the contrast works very well. On the front cover of the book there is one man sitting under the title. Previous to reading, I assumed this man was the main character. It turns out that not only is the man not the main character, but there is no main character at all. I found it interesting that the book does not have one set cast of characters, but rather a central focus on Harlem and life inhabiting it. When I first read the book I found it a little hard to follow because being an actor, I am really used to the convention of characters and being able to follow their stories and understand their emotions. Once I got over the fact that the convention was absent, I read it again and decided to make Harlem a character in itself. That made the story within the poem make a lot more sense, and I was able to link the verses together to easily create that story. Harlem contains many African-American stereotypes, but they are not negative ones. I felt that the stereotypes that were brought up in the poem were not intended to mock the culture, but rather help the reader to embrace and enjoy it. Myers mentions soul food, jazz, basketball, gospel, and other African-American stereotypes, but in a way that makes the reader want to join in and help cook, listen, and play with the people in the illustrations. Harlem is very urban and somewhat modern in both the language and illustrations. Christopher Myers, the books artist, chose to illustrate the book with collage art. He uses a mix of painted people and scenery along with actual photographs to create a modern, colorful, urban look. In the illustration that I previously talked about with the man and his outstretched arms, a variety of what comes off as colors patch-worked together is used to create the man’s body and clothing. I feel like
Walter Myers Dean
Myers Walter Dean. ”Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?”
New York Times 15 March 2014, New York ed.: SR 1+. Print.
In the article “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” children’s book author Walter Dean Myers illustrates how a young troubled teenager, who loved to read and later grew up to write books for other troubled children to help them make a difference. Myers stepmother would read to him at a young age…
Benton, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Leon Kroll] and landscape [Aldro Thompson Hibbard, N.C. Wyeth]. Horace Pippin is considered one of America's foremost primitive or naive painters. The best museums featured shows by these important artists.
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Following WWI (the war to end all wars), talented young authors, some expatriates in France, wrote about their feelings of disillusionment and alienation. A sense of rebellion developed and the victorian idea of decency was considered…
some questions, all the choices are correct. Partial points are given for every answer.
Example: There are many benefits to community college education, including:
a. cheaper tuition for freshman and sophomore level courses
b. free books for most classes
c. being able to go to college while still living at home
The correct answers are a and c, so you would circle both of those, and leave b alone.
And finally, there is 5) a section for essay responses to four assigned…
Langston Hughes is a famous poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, autobiographer, and writer of children's books. He was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri but grew up mainly in Lawrence, Kansas. Langston Hughes was known as one of the most prominent and influential figures of the Harlem Renaissance, a rebirth movement of African Americans in the arts during the 1920s. Through his writing, “he has enriched our lives”(1) with a profound love of humanity, especially black Americans. The main theme of…
future researches and began a lifelong involvement with the people and dance of Haiti. From this Dunham generated her master's thesis (Northwestern University, 1947) and more fieldwork. She lectured widely, published numerous articles, and wrote three books about her observations: JOURNEY TO ACCOMPONG (1946), THE DANCES OF HAITI (her master's thesis, published in 1947), and ISLAND POSSESSED (1969), underscoring how African religions and rituals adapted to the New World.
And, importantly for the development…
Bond was established to address the issues and suggestions to which we are thankful you are shedding light on. The deep rooted, generational factors of poverty have yet to be successfully addressed. This is where Project Bond enters along with Harlem Children's Zone and the other initiatives you have mentioned. We all have a commonality – intervening at the most crucial point - infancy, early childhood - as this sets the framework for future development, relationship patterns, and choices.
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Prevention and Treatment of Juvenile Delinquency
The United States, like other countries, continues to battle with an issue of what to do about juvenile delinquency. This problem is described to be rooted in two independent elements, children who are mentally in capable of conforming (psychological perspective) or how the child is socialized (sociological perspective). In examining the issue of juvenile delinquency we will look at what can…
O'Connor's "Good Country People"
Spend some time detailing the specific and general (overall) ironies in this short story. How do these ironies underscore the title of this short story?
The title” Good Country People” signifies that country people are always helpful, respectful, and kind to one another. Country people are typically very accepting of one another. “Nothing is perfect. This was one of Mrs. Hopewell’s favorite sayings. Another was: that is life! And still another, the…
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African American Poets
The colonial era is a time period that covers the establishment of English colonization in America (The New World) from 1607-1776. European settlers came from a vast variety of social and religious groups. The Native Indians were the first settlers in North America. During the European establishments made in North America, the Europeans sought to change the Native Americans way of life, to change their way of life, and religion.…