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Across the Alley 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Michelson, Richard, Lewis, Earl B. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399239707     ISBN-13: 9780399239700
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2006
Annotation: Like the bestselling "The Other Side," E.B. Lewis's striking, atmospheric watercolors bring to life a moving story of baseball, music, and how two young people try to bridge the divide of prejudice. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Baseball; Fiction.
Violin; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2005032656
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 110839
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Richard Michelson is the author of several picture books. He is also an accomplished poet and owns the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA, which often features children’s book illustrations. Find out more at
Earl Bradley Lewis was born on December 16, 1956, in Philadelphia, PA. As early as the third grade he displayed artistic promise. Inspired by two uncles, who where artists, Lewis decided he wanted to follow in their footsteps.

After finishing the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday morning Temple University School Art League run by his uncle. Under the tutelage of Clarence Wood, a noted painter in Philadelphia, Lewis began his formal art training. He remained in the program until his enrollment in the Temple University Tyler School of Art in 1975.

During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design and Illustration, along with Art Education. There he discovered his medium of preference, watercolor.

Upon graduation in 1979, Lewis went directly into teaching, along with freelancing in Graphic Design. Between 1985 and 1986 he had completed a body of work which was exhibited in a downtown Philadelphia gallery. The show sold out and bought him public recognition and critical acclaim. Within two years his work was exhibited at the prestigious Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, where his shows continue to sell out.

Lewis' work is now part of major private collections and is displayed in galleries throughout the United States. Honoring Lewis, Barbara Bader's History on American Picture books will be including a description of Earl and his achievements as an artist. Currently, Earl Lewis is teaching illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City.

E. B. Lewis is the illustrator of two Coretta Scott King Honor Books, Rows and Piles of Coins and Bat Boy and his Violin. He lives in New Jersey.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
Abe, who is Jewish, is secretly best friends with African American Willie, whose bedroom window is across the alley. At nighttime, Abe teaches Willie to play the violin while Willie helps Abe succeed at baseball. Set in post–World War II Brooklyn, the story captures nuances of time and place, including racism both subtle and overt. Lewis's watercolor paintings exude warmth. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 October)

K-Gr 3 The poignancy of two boys who can be friends only at night is revealed brilliantly in both text and rich watercolor art. Willie's dad, a starter in the Negro leagues, expects that his son will pitch in the majors. Abe's Jewish grandfather, a violinist in the old country before World War II, is sure that his grandson will be the next Jascha Heifetz. What neither man knows is that the boys have been sharing their talents across the alley at night. When Abe's grandfather discovers that it's Willie's beautiful music he has been hearing, he invites him to perform at the temple. As Willie's dad, Abe's grandfather, and the two boys walk there, people stare at them, and Willie's dad says, Ignorance comes in as many colors as talent. Nobody wants to sit by Willie and his father in the temple, but the boy is as victorious at the recital as Abe is at the baseball game later that afternoon. Best of all, supported by their loving families, the expectation is that they now can be friends in the light. With lovely art that captures the joy both boys feel about their respective talents, this endearing picture book offers a compelling message about overcoming prejudice.Alexa Sandmann, Kent State University, OH

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