Title: Welcome To My Neighborhood!
Bibliography: Hudes, Q. (2010). Welcome To My Neighborhood!. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
Annotation: This alphabet book highlights the realities of growing up in an affluent urban neighborhood. Addressing things like graffiti, plastic basketball hoods, noisy neighbors, trolley tracks and zooming cars with a positive light.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this book: Readers interested in exploring different cultures will find that this book provides great insight into diverse city neighborhood.
Personal Response and rating: 5; although this alphabet book had no plot or storyline, the author made it easy to put yourself in the shoes of the children growing up in this neighborhood. The image of a universe of maple roots and sidewalk cracks will forever stick with me, the illustrations were spot on.
Question: What are some characteristics of your neighborhood?