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Everything Naomi Loved

By: Katie Yamasaki

Ian Lendler

Illustrator: Katie Yamasaki

11th Street: it wasn’t pretty, but it was home. Naomi spends her afternoons scooting down the streets and drawing with chalk on the sidewalks with her best friend Ada, getting a slice of pizza and visiting her neighbor Mister Ray at his auto shop, and dreaming of fantastic worlds within her own.

But her beloved neighborhood is changing. Trees are chopped down, flashy new buildings spring up, and one by one Naomi’s neighbors are forced to move away. Faced with the rapid transformation of her once-familiar city block, Naomi turns to painting murals to preserve her favorite 11th Street memories. When something we love goes away we paint it on the wall so it’s always with us, Mister Ray tells her, and Naomi discovers that no matter how her world changes, as long as she has places and people to love, she will always have a home.

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781324004912

JLG Release: Feb 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: City and town life , Neighborhoods , Loss (psychology) , Mural painting and decoration

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Praise & Reviews

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Naomi lives on busy, bustling 11th Street—“It wasn’t pretty but it was alive!”—where she and her best friend Ada love to play. One day, they wake to discover a beloved tree on 11th Street has been cut down and that many buildings are slated for demolition, including the one where Ada lives—all to make way for “luxury living.” As a w Naomi lives on busy, bustling 11th Street—“It wasn’t pretty but it was alive!”—where she and her best friend Ada love to play. One day, they wake to discover a beloved tree on 11th Street has been cut down and that many buildings are slated for demolition, including the one where Ada lives—all to make way for “luxury living.” As a way to say goodbye, Mister Ray (whose car-repair shop is also to be shuttered) and Naomi begin to paint fond memories of their neighborhood on the exterior walls of the buildings. It becomes a sprawling mural, but soon that too is torn down, with Naomi keeping a piece of painted brick for posterity. This story is grounded in the details of the community Naomi loves, such as the corner bodega; “$1 wash!”; and the “never-ending hum of cars.” Yamasaki, herself a muralist, paints these details into vivid tableaux of a diverse community and its particularities, illustrations that invite close inspection. Visual hyperbole is used to emphasize Naomi’s emotions, such as the moment she hugs Ada goodbye and long streams of tears fall from her eyes, creating puddles at their feet. “Things change,” Lendler and Yamasaki remind readers more than once, but love and memories are what Naomi carries with her to a new home. This tender tale, about the effects of gentrification, is one many city-dwelling children will know well. JULIE DANIELSON

Book Details

ISBN

9781324004912

First Release

February 2021

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 10 4/5"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Norton Young Readers

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

City and town life, Neighborhoods, Loss (psychology), Mural painting and decoration,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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