by Bryan Collier

Hardcover(First Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9780805057218
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.35(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Bryan Collier began painting at the age of fifteen and earned a B.F.A. with honors from the Pratt Institute in New York. Mr. Collier lives in Harlem, where he directs mural programs throughout the city for any child who wants to paint. This is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated.

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Uptown (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
csloan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is rhymes about the city Harlem. He describes different ares of the city and that they are uptown. This is a good picture book to read to young children.
alprince on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is about a little boy who lives in uptown New York. He gives a tour throughout the book of many distinct yet wonderful characteristics of Harlem. He shows of places that he enjoys and places that he thinks are interesting. He shows places and things to do in Harlem. The book gives a tour of many places in this boys hometown. He makes it all seem inviting and the book pulls you in and makes you want to visit this place. I would use this book for children in second-third grade.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a great multicultural book to read to students. It is about a boy who lives in Harlem. Each page talks about Harlem and lists several characteristics about it. In the end we find out that the boy loves Harlem and is proud to call it his home. This book has some new vocabulary words and it would be good to use this book for a vocabulary lesson. I would recommend it for grades third to fifth grade because of some of the more difficult words.
indigo_lotus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A great resource for teaching word choice, author's purpose, etc. to upper-elementary students.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Dr. Mundy read us the book, "Uptown." I really enjoyed this book and the amazing pictures. The book is about a little boy who lives in the city. He goes around the city and point out all kinds of things. He shows us canvus awnings, jazz band, chicken and waffels restraunt, and much more. Dr. Mundy pointed out to us that this book would be good to talk about different cultures. Discuss with the class how everyone in the story is black or if your from the country how the city would be so different from you. I really enjoyed this book and I think it would be a wonderful asset to any teacher's library.
ambourg7 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
While reading all the different Award Winning books the Caldecott Award Winner, Uptown was the one book that stood out the most to me. Bryan Collier did an amazing job as both author and illustrator. Uptown tells a story through a little boy¿s eyes of where he lives. Picture books consist of both text and pictures. Sometimes telling one story together while others tell two different stories between then two. This particular book allows for two different stories. The text informs the reader of different areas and places around his neighborhood. He tells his story in fun and childish terms, nothing to detailed yet not to simple. Uptown is a puzzle with many pieces to it. So every time the page turns, uptown is something different. He lets you know why it is important to him. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful. The use of collage pictures shows a deeper meaning to each different place. The pictures all combined and come together throughout the entire book. The collage images stand out allowing the reader to understand the unique pieces to his life. The illustrations give the true emotion and meaning through his viewpoint. Facial expressions and body language allow for the vibe and feeling the boy to come alive. This story to me showed an innocent little boy who only noticed the good in his neighborhood. He related each place as something he saw that was happy, memorable, and important to him. Not once did he state negativity. This little boy saw only good things in his world. When trying to decide what type of poster I wanted to do for this book, the first thing that came to my mind was meaning. This boy was so focused on the positive aspects of his neighborhood that he didn¿t believe in the negative ones that could be there. This story meets the criteria for the Caldecott Award. It shows the reader about a place that is home for this little boy. It shows respect to why this is home to him. While telling a different story, the reader sees the innocence of this young boy and that nothing can take his home and the things around away from him. The use of collage also allows shows for the business of the city but it is put together so well that it just flows together. Uptown is his home and no one or anything can change how he views it in his eyes.
lisab818 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The unnamed character in Uptown leads the reader through his home town, Harlem. The collage art is vibrant, and really gives the feeling of a living city. Different aspects of Harlem, from food to music to architecture, are shown and told. The simple style is accessible to all readers, making it a great book to share.
HollyRogers on LibraryThing 10 months ago
"Uptown" is a story about a small boy who explains Harlem through his eyes. He uses a rythmatic pattern to bring even more of the Harlem jazz scene alive to its readers. The book uses metephors and explainations of real world objects that appear as something completely different to the boy. I like this book it uses the real cultural of harlem as not only a story plot but also when reading the words in a poetic way.I would use this book in my classroom when studying different cultures and studying jazz. It could also be used in the study of authors purpose and word choice.
colliercritics on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a great book to show children the hustle and bustle of big city life. The book is told from an African American boy¿s perspective which allows children to better relate. The author also relates normal city sights to animals, food, etc. so children can use their imagination to see what the boy sees. The pictures add and extra element to what the author is trying to portray.
CollierStudy on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In the story of Uptown, Bryan Collier walks the reader through his favorite places from his childhood. Locations such as the Lenox Theater, Apollo Theater, and the Hudson River are mentioned in this book. The illustrations are what makes this story come alive. The brownstone houses are describe as looking like chocolate, so Collier had the brownstone buildings be made of of chocolate bars in the illustration. The unique combination of watercolor and collage combines actual pictures of the city with paintings by Collier. I would recommend this story for emergent readers because of the detailed illustrations. This book should be read aloud so that the reader can explain the different aspects of the story to a child that doesn't know a lot about New York City.
ebruno on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Uptown is about a boy describing his beloved home- Harlem. Metro north train, foods, shopping, the barbershop, and the Rucker playground are all apart of this journey through Harlem. This book recieved a Coretta Scott King Award and would be a great book to read during multicultural week.
teddy5 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A good example of informational because, while it is told by an anonymous young boy, a tour of the city of Harlem is given. The landmarks mentioned and characteristics of the city shown are the author's favorites from his own childhood in Harlem and are described through the eyes of a young boy. This is prevalent when the Metro-North train crosses the Harlem River and is compared to a caterpillar. Houses made of brownstones, a young choir performance at The Apollo Theater, jazz, a barbershop, basketball, and canvas awnings over the windows are all things that the author is reminded of when he reflects on his youth, and are presently seen through the narrator's eyes in this book. This book ultimately depicts a young person's deep connection to where he has been raised. These things ring true with many people today, remembering the endearing things about one's hometown.Media: watercolor and collage
cashelton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is a great way to get students to be proud of things in their own hometown. Kindergarten through second grade appropriate. The book was set in New York City's Harlem; repeated "uptown is....." on every page. The illustrations were cool because they were mosaics/ collages.
VTalley More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been really, really bored? Then I would recommend picking up the book Uptown. Uptown is a book explaining all the fun things you can do in Uptown New York. Uptown by Bryan Collier is a book that takes you around “Uptown” New York. It follows a boy going through his day explaining how not everything in uptown is as it first appears. He compares a metro to a caterpillar because they both wind back and forth. He listens to jazz and then goes to his barber shop. He talks about the endless amount of chicken and waffles. Uptown has a certain style of repetition to it. It starts each page with the line “Uptown is,” which is kind of like a chorus in a song. It keeps coming back around to a.) simplify the book, making it more digestible and b.) provide a hook that will make you remember the book and the title. The Illustrations in this book are very interesting. They are almost collage like. It isn’t the only book to do this, but it suits the book very well. It will use common many patterns to make buildings and pretty much everything else in the book. For example, Collier uses a simple green piece of paper for trees. This book Is a homage to the imagination. I find it very interesting how even though the boy in the book lives in not the most high class nice neighborhood he still makes it really cool and awesome in his head.
BM25 More than 1 year ago
The book Uptown by Bryan Collier is great picture book for younger kids. It is very colorful and inviting, the narrator shows the way around Harlem and describes the buildings and the city the way he sees it. This book has received the Coretta Scott King Award and is considered contemporary realistic fiction. The narrator a young kid invites the reader through a journey in the streets of Harlem. The kid describes his streets exactly the way he sees them with his full blown imagination. The journey is far and interesting along the way the reader experiences the different artwork and pictures through out the book. I can see this book would be very interesting for kids who travel or who have been to New York.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally bought a hardcover copy of this book from the writer/illustrator himself, 'Mr.Brian Collier' at the Harlem Book Fair years ago as a gift for my nephew. Years after sending this book to its destination, as an adult I never forgot the vivid pictures and imagery that has stayed with me, I had to buy a copy of my own. Thanks to this wonderful book I am now a collector of exquisite children's books. My nephew (who's in the 3rd grade) to this day still takes the book to school with him to show his friends. Thank you Mr.Collier for helping us to see buildings in imaginative ways. We see art through your eyes.