NIGHT ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREET by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
DREAMS THAT SWISH
Dancing dust. Singing
silence. One night. Brown shades. Dusk.
Bright stars. Trumpet. Sleep.
Children / read aloud (grades 1-4)
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