In paintings rich in texture and detail, the incomparable Provensens have created a loving tribute to America's rural communities. Alice and Martin Provensen's award-winning books include the Caldecott Medal winner The Glorious Flight and A Peaceable Kingdom. Full-color illustrations.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Puffin
(first published November 1st 1987)
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I bought this book based upon the illustrations alone. Very folk-artsy and pleasing. When I got it home I read it to Atticus and could not stop laughing in shock and delight. It's basically the story of a farm owned by the Herkimer Sisters who sell off lots cheaply. So the little neighborhood is inhabited by poor people who some might call "white trash" but each person on the street is introduced and you realize that it was probably a nice place to live. Then a government man comes with a docume...more
Shaker lane is an interesting book. There isn't much of a plot, or a resolve, just kind of a strange story of a group of people living on Shaker lane. The illustrations are nice though, and the book does keep you a little interested. This book would be a nice read for children between 5 and 7.
Terrific! One of the only children's books I have read in recent years to address the lifestyles of working class, even poor, citizens with dignity and style. The tone of this beautifully illustrated text is neither conceited nor simplistic, and managed to end in a satisfying manner despite its refusal to gloss over the realities of environmental and community destruction in the South.
Alice Provensen collaborated with her late husband, Martin, on numerous highly acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning The Glorious Flight and Nancy Willard's Newbery Medal-winning A Visit to William Blake's Inn, which was also a Caldecott Honor Book. The Provensens have been on the New York Times list of the Ten Best Illustrated Books eight times. Alice lives in Staatsburg,...moreMore about Alice Provensen...