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The World Belonged to Us



by
Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by
Leo Espinosa

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399545498
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Two children’s book superstars—#1 New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Woodson, the author of The Day You Begin, and Leo Espinosa, the illustrator of Islandborn­—join forces to celebrate the joy and freedom of summer in the city, which is gloriously captured in their rhythmic text and lively art.

It's getting hot outside, hot enough to turn on the hydrants and run through the water--and that means it's finally summer in the city! Released from school and reveling in their freedom, the kids on one Brooklyn block take advantage of everything summertime has to offer. Freedom from morning till night to go out to meet their friends and make the streets their playground--jumping double Dutch, playing tag and hide-and-seek, building forts, chasing ice cream trucks, and best of all, believing anything is possible. That is, till their moms call them home for dinner. But not to worry--they know there is always tomorrow to do it all over again--because the block belongs to them and they rule their world.

Full-color illustrations were created in pencil and Photoshop. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Summer. Play. Brooklyn, New York. New York City. Neighborhoods. Community. Urban and city life. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-6-Fond memories of summer vacation at home in Brooklyn are the backbone of this vivid picture book memoir. Woodson describes what it was like to leave school and have an extended period of free time without a great deal of adult supervision. She describes the games the kids would play, how disputes would be solved, how the bigger kids would take care of the younger kids, and how the kids would take care of each other. Some young readers will have a hard time believing that children used to be allowed to play outside for long periods of time with only one another to direct activities and solve problems when the need arose. Woodson's evocative use of language will bring readers right into the hot Brooklyn streets. The illustrations are perfect for this story, with a 1970s retro vibe. The joyful portrayal of many different kinds of kids in the expressive text is echoed in the striking art work. This will make an excellent conversation starter for families about how kids used to play. It would also serve as a wonderful mentor text to model how to write a vacation experience. VERDICT A gorgeous depiction of summer vacation in Brooklyn in the 1970s that could work in writing classes as well. Don't miss this one.-Debbie Tanner

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-6-Fond memories of summer vacation at home in Brooklyn are the backbone of this vivid picture book memoir. Woodson describes what it was like to leave school and have an extended period of free time without a great deal of adult supervision. She describes the games the kids would play, how disputes would be solved, how the bigger kids would take care of the younger kids, and how the kids would take care of each other. Some young readers will have a hard time believing that children used to be allowed to play outside for long periods of time with only one another to direct activities and solve problems when the need arose. Woodson's evocative use of language will bring readers right into the hot Brooklyn streets. The illustrations are perfect for this story, with a 1970s retro vibe. The joyful portrayal of many different kinds of kids in the expressive text is echoed in the striking art work. This will make an excellent conversation starter for families about how kids used to play. It would also serve as a wonderful mentor text to model how to write a vacation experience. VERDICT A gorgeous depiction of summer vacation in Brooklyn in the 1970s that could work in writing classes as well. Don't miss this one.-Debbie Tanner

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