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The Resource Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts; illustrated by Christopher Myers

Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts; illustrated by Christopher Myers

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Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem
Title
Jake makes a world
Title remainder
Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem
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Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts; illustrated by Christopher Myers
Title variation
Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem
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eng
Summary
"Jake Makes a World follows the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem. From his mother's apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood."--Provided by publisher
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — A picture book biography on renowned painter Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000). Lawrence moved to Harlem in 1930 to rejoin his mother, who had moved to New York three years earlier in search of work. Lawrence was 13 years old and already a gifted artist. Stirred by the sights, sounds, and bustling movement he saw and heard in his new neighborhood, which was abuzz with the creativity of the Harlem Renaissance, he produced bold, vivid art; fortunately, he had the opportunity to attend an after-school arts program in which he honed his considerable talents. Inspired by Lawrence's early years and his deep desire to represent the people and community around him, Rhodes-Pitts has written a clear, simple tale, told in present tense and filled with colorful imagery. Myers's art has a looser, sketchier quality than Lawrence's more graceful figures, but both artists demonstrate a passion for vibrant, eye-popping colors that powerfully capture the African American experience. Myers's illustrations are energetic and flowing, though facial features—absent in Lawrence's work—are less successful. Several of Lawrence's paintings from his famous Migration series are interspersed throughout and identified in the back matter. There is also a short biographical piece about Lawrence and his work. VERDICT Creative youngsters may be motivated to craft works about their own neighborhoods. Pair this with Patricia MacLachlan's The Iridescence of Birds (Roaring Brook, 2014), about the boyhood of another 20th-century master, Henri Matisse, for an artist-themed lesson or storytime.—Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY --Carol Goldman (Reviewed November 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 11, p133)
  • Coinciding with the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of Jacob Lawrence's Migration series, this title imagines the artist as a young teenager experiencing his own move from Philadelphia to Harlem in 1930. With just a few sentences per spread, historian Rhodes-Pitts describes Jake's reactions to the colors and textures of once-familiar furnishings—things he has been separated from since his mother sought work in New York three years earlier: "His feet sink deep into the thick blue rug. When his toes touch the ground, it's like a sky upside down." Perhaps to suggest that the adolescent is already thinking artistically or that he is noticing his stimulating milieu, Myers inserts sly visual references to 20th-century painters. In addition to Matisse and MirÃ3, he pays homage to O'Keeffe as the boy peers into "Starlight Night" through his window. Vibrant hues and diagonal elements animate the straightforward accounts of street-corner preachers and checkers players. The author adopts a more lyrical tone as Jake visits the Utopia Children's House for art classes after school. In the penultimate scene, Myers depicts the young man building his neighborhood inside a shoebox with figures that foreshadow the compositions in the final spread of five Migration scenes. Comprising 24 pages, the narrative closes a bit abruptly; nonetheless, this is a dynamic and creative introduction to a groundbreaking artist and an iconic collection. (biographical note, selected works, museum trustees) (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2015)
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10457654
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa
Dewey number
759.13
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 2
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1917-2000
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  • Myers, Christopher
  • Lawrence, Jacob
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True
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  • Lawrence, Jacob
  • Lawrence, Jacob
  • Lawrence, Jacob
  • Lawrence, Jacob
  • African Americans in art
  • African Americans in art
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
juvenile
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Jacob Lawrence, an artist in Harlem
Label
Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts; illustrated by Christopher Myers
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1486226
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780870709654
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015934888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780870709654
  • (OCoLC)899703662
Label
Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts; illustrated by Christopher Myers
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1486226
Dimensions
31 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780870709654
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015934888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780870709654
  • (OCoLC)899703662

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