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Harlem (Hardcover)

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"They took the road in Waycross Georgia / Skipped over the tracks in East St. Louis / Took the bus from Holly Springs / Hitched a ride from Gee's Bend / Took the long way through Memphis / The third deck down from Trinidad / A wrench of the heart from Goree Island / A wrench of the heart from Goree Island / To a place called Harlem." So begins this exquisite poem about the poet's childhood home. With a few deft strokes, Myers and Myers paint a picture of a cradle of American culture. The text calls on all Walter's powers as a narrative writer, a poet, and historian, as it moves from the ancient history of the people of Harlem, through their traditions of family, home, and religion, to their turn of the century Renaisaance and their contemporary despairs, joys, and hopes. A truly remarkable book.

About the Author


The son of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers, award-winning illustrator Christopher Myers credits his appreciation of the importance of images to observing the objects and photographs his parents would bring home from auctions and flea markets: “little histories;” “other people's memories that get left behind.” His own family images have had quite an impact, as well - as in a black-and-white photograph of his grandfather with a telling smile on his face. “He was a storyteller. His thick, dark, calloused hands told stories. My father tells stories. I tell stories. I'm fascinated with work, what work is, who does work, how much our identities are wrapped up in what we do with our hands. Shoeshine boy, ditchdigger, painter. My grandfather laughed at my father's hands because they were too soft. Still I think he was proud of the fact that my father didn't have to work with his back. This is progress.”

Myers has made his career working with his hands in yet another way, creating his own images in collage, photos, woodcuts, and other artistic media. A graduate of Brown University, he has participated in the exclusive Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program. Myers began his children's book career doing research to help his father, and went on to illustrate the elder Myers' Shadow of the Red Moon. In 1998, the two collaborated on Harlem, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Myers' solo effort, Black Cat, was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

In addition to his fine art and illustrative work, Christopher Myers is a clothing designer. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.


The late Walter Dean Myers was the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of an award-winning body of work which includes Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, and Monster. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Book Awards, and three National Book Award Finalist citations. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award.

Praise For…


"A hot new artist and his distinguished father fashion a picture book with a stirring sound at its center" - Kirkus Reviews"The two Myerses - author and artist, father and son - celebrate Harlem in different complementary ways; the author, in his poetic text, offers the city as a symbol of African American aspiration and predominantly music-based culture; the artist sees a concrete city composed of "colors loud enough to be heard.. . . Harlem as a visual experience that YAs will return to again and again, to admire and wonder at what is realized with truly extraordinary grace and power by this young artist of such wonderful promise." - Booklist *starred review"A visually striking, oversized picture book.. . . this is an arresting and heartfelt tribute to a well-known, but little understood community." - School Library Journal"This is one of those rare pairings of words and images in which each gains from the other, resulting in a fine, balanced collaboration." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A hot new artist and his distinguished father fashion a picture book with a stirring sound at its center" - Kirkus Reviews"The two Myerses - author and artist, father and son - celebrate Harlem in different complementary ways; the author, in his poetic text, offers the city as a symbol of African American aspiration and predominantly music-based culture; the artist sees a concrete city composed of "colors loud enough to be heard.. . . Harlem as a visual experience that YAs will return to again and again, to admire and wonder at what is realized with truly extraordinary grace and power by this young artist of such wonderful promise." - Booklist *starred review"A visually striking, oversized picture book.. . . this is an arresting and heartfelt tribute to a well-known, but little understood community." - School Library Journal"This is one of those rare pairings of words and images in which each gains from the other, resulting in a fine, balanced collaboration." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780590543408
ISBN-10: 0590543407
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 1997
Pages: 32
Language: English