Sky Scrape, City Scape: Poems of City Life

Sky Scrape, City Scape: Poems of City Life

by Jane Yolen, Ken Condon
     
 

All the jump-roping, rollerskating, skyscraping excitement of city life is packed into this pulsating collection of poems selected by Jane Yolen. Poems by Langston Hughes, Jane Yolen, Rachel Field, and others capture the rush and rumble, toss and tumble of taxis and trains, pigeons and parks, sidewalks, and street cleaners. Ken Condon's bold illustrations evoke the

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All the jump-roping, rollerskating, skyscraping excitement of city life is packed into this pulsating collection of poems selected by Jane Yolen. Poems by Langston Hughes, Jane Yolen, Rachel Field, and others capture the rush and rumble, toss and tumble of taxis and trains, pigeons and parks, sidewalks, and street cleaners. Ken Condon's bold illustrations evoke the gritty passion of the urban scene. Young readers will delight in this irresistible anthology that crackles with energy and zest.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6This worthy successor to Lee Bennett Hopkins's The City Spreads Its Wings (Watts, 1970; o.p.) offers readers a glorious glimpse of New York City in particular and urban centers in general. Lively chalk-and-pastel scenesstreets, parks, crowdsappear on every page with poetry that celebrates one aspect of city life. Langston Hughes, Judith Thurman, Felice Holman, and Ann Turner are among the anthologized poets. Norma Farber's "Manhattan Lullaby" ("Lulled by rumble, babble, beep/let these little children sleep/let these city girls and boys/dream a music in their noise/hear a tune their city plucks/up from buses, up from trucks...") is a particularly memorable selection. A dynamic hymn to what Lucille Clifton refers to as "the inner city/ or/like we call it/ home."Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563971792
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
756,735
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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