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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (February 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064409686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064409681
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in a New York City housing project, this "series of vignettes forms a bouncy oversize novel about a girl's adjustment to her parents' divorce," wrote PW. Ages 8-12.

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From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. Elana Rose Rosen has just moved to an apartment in the city, and, on her scooter, she is excitedly exploring everything she can. New friends, old friends, a winning field day, and her relationship with young Petey (a boy who does not speak) fill her days as she fills sheet after sheet of paper with drawings, acrostics, and sayings. Illustrated with Elana's artwork and notes, this is a visually interesting book. The story is easygoing (Elana's one serious temper tantrum has the ring of truth) and brimming with the everyday details of urban family life--although there appears to be neither litter nor gangs on "these mean streets." The only real source of tension lies in what will happen to Petey, who has a sick mother and an ill-tempered father. Unfortunately, that's never directly addressed. Janice Del Negro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Vera B. Williams lives in New York City.

In Her Own Words..."Throughout my childhood I was encouraged to make pictures, tell stories, act, and dance--all of this at a heaven in our New York City neighborhood called the Bronx House.

"Saturdays I painted with a crusading art director, Florence Cane. In her book The Growth of the Child Through Art, I appear under the name Linda. I was sixteen when the book appeared and embarrassed by it. But at age nine I had been totally proud when a painting of mine was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and I was later shown in the Movietone News explaining to Eleanor Roosevelt its Yiddish title, "Yentas."

"In 1945 I went to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, a unique educational community. I graduated in 1949 in graphic art, which I studied with Josef Albers. Along the way I planted corn, made butter, worked on the printing press, and helped to build the house in which I lived with Paul Williams, a fellow student I married there.

"I wanted that connection of art and community to continue. And it did at the Gate Hill Cooperative, a community we built with other Black Mountain people, a poet, musicians, and potters. I lived and worked there from 1953-1970 (after which I moved to Canada). My children (Sarah, Jenny, Merce) grew up there. For them, we branched out into a school, part of the Surnmerhill movement. The gingerbread houses that led to my first book for Greenwillow I first made in sticky variety at our school. I have always liked to teach and have taught art, cooking, writing, nature study, for nursery age on.

"At forty-six, no longer married, living in a houseboat on the bay at Vancouver, British Columbia, I did my first book. But before that could happen, the fates decreed a stint of cooking and running a bakery at a small school in the Ontario countryside. My love affair with Canada included also a 500-mile trip on the Yukon River. Many of those adventures I put in Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe.

"I also write and draw for adults-short stories, leaflets, and posters. As a lover of children, I try to do what I can to help save their earth from nuclear disaster. This pursuit, too, has added its excitement to my biography, including, in 1981, a month's stay in the federal penitentiary in Alderson, West Virginia (an outcome of a women's peaceful blockade of the Pentagon). Perhaps this experience will some day appear in one of my books. So far I've found children's books a wonderfully accommodating medium where any of my various activities might pop up."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Beatty on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
My [...] daughter, who's usually too busy talking to sit down and read for any length of time, loves this book. She's been carrying it around with her, reading parts out loud ( ok she can't be quite for too long)and is generally smug about the fact that she's reading something that no one else in the family has. I suppose I shouldn't be surprise since she's always loved A Chair for my Mother and Cherries and Cherry Pits and going even further back -- More, More, More said the Baby. I only wish Vera B. Williams would write more for older children.
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