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NIGHT ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREET by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Posted in reviewku: plunder, middle grade, reviewku: poetry (all)


Dancing dust. Singing

silence. One night. Brown shades. Dusk.

Bright stars. Trumpet. Sleep.


Nitty Gritty:

Children / read aloud (grades 1-4)

Shifting POV

Poetry collection

Setting – African American community

Originally published in 1991

Timeline – one night

Colors – greens, blues, purples

Sensory details – sights, sounds, smells

Beyond telling or showing — poems that allow feeling and living the words on the page

Emotionally charged, sensory laden phrases (“Roused the children with soft sugar-names” “Dreams that swish” “Dust used to dance to the lonely beat of silence” “turning like a turbo he’s a terrible four” “Tonya’s mama out for a breath of air blows lullaby sounds into the silence”)

Text and illustration balanced and dependent on each other

Community shown through individual stories

Individual character/emotional slices — Overall story arc