In Steel Town,
it's always dark.
In Steel Town,
it's always raining...
In Steel Town, the mills blaze all day and all night, making steel and even more steel to be shipped over the Magic Mountains, down the Pitch-Black River, and far, far away. The men who work in the mills work as hard as the machines that make the steel, never stopping. But when the men go home at night, a different side of Steel Town emerges one filled with music and neighbors, pierogies and spaghetti, churches and front porches.
This gritty yet poetic world is brought to life through Jonah Winter's lyrical, rhythmic text and Terry Widener's luscious, nocturnal illustrations, whose massive figures glow with the few lights that shine through this darkness. This is a portrait of an imaginary town derived from the very real American steel towns of the 1930s, when the sky was often black as night all day and the cavernous mills belched out fire and smoke. Here is a journey to a town that time has not forgotten, just misplaced: Steel Town.
|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jonah Winter is the author of more than thirty celebrated nonfiction picture books including Diego, The Secret Project, and Oil, illustrated by Jeanette Winter; Jazz Age Josephine, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman; Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; The Founding Fathers! illustrated by Barry Blitt; and Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and The Babe & I (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book could be used to discuss nonrenewable resources and how things are made from natural resources, such as steel. This book could also be used to discuss "blue-collar" towns where an industry defines a whole town.
Ages 6 and Up; Steel Town is a beautiful book, both lyrically and visually. Terry Widener does the illustrations acrylic paint contrasting the darkness and dirtiness of the town and the work with the bright yellow and orange of the molten metal. Jonah Winter's words are poetic and repetitive. The story takes you from the morning in the steel town, with day shift passing graveyard shift, to evening and home. Recommended for all picture book collections.
This dramatic story tells what life is like in a steel mill town. The illustrations are quite dramatic, warm vs. cool colors. The fires in the mills have that glow that real fires have too! Winter captures what the 12 hour cycle of work shifts in a cyclical story, ending where it began.
this book tells what life is like in a steel mill town. The fires in the mills have that glow that real fires have too! Winter captures what the 12 hour cycle of work shifts in a cyclical story, ending where it began
This is a book told in a poetic form. The story is about Steel Town, which is always dark and rainy and men are constantly working hard to make steel in the mills. The story describes the general process of how steel and iron are made, making you feel the heat and exhaustion that the workers feel. The illustrations are dark and reflect the mood and climate of the town. This story rhythmic and poetic, depicting the tough lives of the steel workers as well as a peak at what their lives are like at home during their brief breaks from the mills. This is not an uplifting book, but one that makes you think about the repetition of life and how many hard workers there are in the world. It also makes us see how important those workers are because we use steel and iron for so many things, such as buildings, railroad cars, and airplanes. This book would be a great read aloud for the beginning of a poetry unit. It would also be good for a unit on how things are made. Although this book was dark and a bit depressing, I would recommend it because of its truth and realism.