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Shaker Lane
Alice Provensen
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Shaker Lane

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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Anna Stover
Mar 19, 2015 Anna Stover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a find! I don't believe I have ever seen a community of rural lower-class families portrayed in a picture book, let alone with such tenderness and grace. "In order to live, the Herkimer sister sold off pieces of the farm, a half-acre here, an acre there. They sold it cheap." The clarity of the language and images conveys the reality of the lives of the people on Shaker Lane with a complete absence of sentimentality, managing to portray a sense of community between the families and individua ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the variety and artistry of the Provensens' work. This is a local history told through pictures and brief but pithy narrative. It's not flashy--the color scheme is dominated by browns and muted earthy tones, and there are no famous characters. But the story is compelling and the pictures lovely.
Oct 04, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Zak Kendall
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.
Jan 02, 2010 SmarterLilac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jason Das
Jan 17, 2013 Jason Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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, ...more
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