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Culture, community, and elegant brownstones are just a few of the things featured in Bryan Collier's Uptown. This imaginative book gives readers a very personal tour of Harlem through the eyes of a young boy who lives in the diverse neighborhood.
Travel uptown on the Metro-North train and have a bite to eat -- how about chicken and waffles? The young narrator admits that "it seems like a weird combination, but it works." Strolling on 125th Street results in a cornucopia of shoppers with a vibrant blend of personalities. History also plays a strong part in the fabric of Harlem -- from the roots of jazz to gossip at the barbershop.
The collage illustrations featured in the book are a perfect match for the spare text. Bold colors and watercolor pictures wonderfully illustrate the diverse and wondrous culture in this amazing community. Kids who have heard of Harlem but aren't able to make the visit will find this book particularly enlightening as an ideal introduction and a wonderful journey. Those of us who know of Harlem's wonder will smile contently at Uptown's spectacular vision and praise the heartfelt work of Collier.