Harlem Renaissance Party

Harlem Renaissance Party

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Caldecott Honor artist Faith Ringgold takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the Harlem Renaissance.

Lonnie and his uncle go back to Harlem in the 1920s. Along the way, they meet famous writers, musicians, artists, and athletes, from Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Du Bois to Josephine Baker and Zora Neale Hurston and many more, 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 will captivate young readers, teaching them all about this significant time in our history. A glossary and further reading list are included in the back of the book.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780060579111
0060579110
9780060579128
0060579129
Branch Call Number: Z RIN
Characteristics: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.

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mmcbeth29
May 27, 2015

SUMMARY: Lonnie and his uncle Bates take an imaginary trip to the 1930s during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. They take a plane to Harlem and one by one meet famous figures in history such as boxer Jack Johnson, as well as Marcus Garvey, and W.E.B. Dubois. Lonnie explains a little about what made each person famous.

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

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May 27, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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