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Author & Illustrator: Bryan Collier   Narrator: Ricky Smith

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Happy19
    ISBN: 9781430100553
    Release Date: 10/31/2007
    Grades: Pre - 3
    Reading Level: 2.8
    Length:  7 Min 56 Sec

    Uptown 4 PB/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781430100553
    $48.95
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    Description 

    "Narrator Ricky Smith does a commendable job of capturing the tone of the book. Subtle sound effects such as an occasional car honking and the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem singing enhance the telling. A stunning and affectionate celebration of Harlem." School Library Journal

    Reviews

    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - June 18, 2008
    "In this picture-book-and CD program, Collier offers a simple celebration of Harlem. "Uptown is a row of brownstones…weekend shopping on 125th Street…the orange sunset over the Hudson River…uptown is jazz." This collection of impressions is matched by Collier's vibrant collages. The young narrator, Ricky Smith, acts as a kind of tour guide, proudly introducing us to his uptown home. Smith does a remarkably good job with phrasing, pacing and emphasis. He also offers sweetness and enthusiasm to this production. Listeners will feel Uptown unfold as they hear trains go by, jazz riffs, voices form the Boy's Choir of Harlem, and quiet, dreamy piano music accompanying Collier's description of a Harlem sunset."
    Review by: School Library Journal - June 1, 2008
    "A young boy takes youngsters on a tour of his beloved uptown neighborhood in New York City's Harlem in this visual and aural treat. Bold watercolor and collage artwork beautifully captures the tempo and atmosphere of this child's world. From the brownstones that look like chocolate to the Harlem Boy's Choir to basketball games to shopping on 125th Street, it is obvious that this boy has a strong sense of place and community and a love of home. The brief text is just right for young readers and listeners. Narrator Ricky Smith does a commendable job of capturing the tone of the book. Subtle sound effects such as an occasional car honking and the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem singing enhance the telling. A stunning and affectionate celebration of Harlem."