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Harlem Renaissance Party Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Accomplished artist, educator, and activist Ringgold gives readers a grounding in the Harlem Renaissance in this follow-up to her Dinner at Aunt Connie's House (Hyperion, 1993). Narrator and aspiring author Lonnie travels back in time with his uncle to meet the artists, musicians, and writers who reinvigorated African American culture in the early 20th century. As W.E.B. Du Bois comments when they see him at The Crisis magazine headquarters, "We black folk had a new desire to create as though we had just awakened from a deep, deep sleep." While visiting 1930s Harlem, the pair eat breakfast with Jack Johnson, watch a Marcus Garvey parade, and "cut a rug" at the Savoy Ballroom. At the Schomburg Library, they encounter Zora Neale Hurston, Carter G. Woodson, and Lonnie's hero, Langston Hughes. Back matter includes a glossary of terms and brief biographies of the legendary giants that Lonnie meets at the party. Ringgold's colorful acrylic illustrations will acquaint a new generation with cultural icons of the Harlem Renaissance. Librarians will want to follow up by sharing complementary titles in their collections, such as David Roessel's Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Sterling, 2006) and Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin's biography Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston (Clarion, 2012).—Toby Rajput, National Louis University, Skokie, IL
From the Back Cover
Come one! Come all!
To a party today in Harlem. Celebrate the great men and women of the Harlem Renaissance.
Lonnie and his uncle Bates go on an unforgettable journey back in time to the Harlem Renaissance. Along the way, they meet the famous writers, musicians, artists, and athletes who created this incredible period. And after an exciting day of walking with giants, Lonnie fully understands why the Harlem Renaissance is so important.
Faith Ringgold's bold and vibrant illustrations capture the song and dance of the Harlem Renaissance while her story captivates young readers, teaching them all about this significant time in our history.
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ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with acrylic paint on paper canvas. They are as seen on the cover with bright colors and tall figures. They look like painting you would see in the 1930s.
THE GOOD: I love learning about history through stories and pictur books. The illustrations give a little glimpse into this time period and what it was like. This book would make a great springboard for learning about this time and place in history as well as black history. There is a glossary of names at the back of the book telling a little bit about each person in history. This is helpful.
THE NOT AS GOOD: There is little flow to the story. It is told more in lecture style rather than an exciting story. I would have liked to know a bit more about what each person was famous for. Instead, Lonnie walks by people and just throws their names out to the reader. On some pages I was not sure who the famous person was because several people were clumped together.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 2-5
Love the illustrations! Love the mini-bios at the back. More books like this, please!