Me and Uncle Romie by Claire Hartfield
A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Beardon

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Whooo-ooo! Train's a' coming! James can't wait to get on board and go visit his uncle way up north in New York City. But he also just wishes he could take a little bit of home along with him-things like baseball games, and the special birthday cake Mama always makes. Will Uncle Romie, who's some kind of artist, know about things like that?

Young readers will feel as if they're discovering the city's wonders, and making an unexpected friend, right along with James in this vibrant story, expressively illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Jerome Lagarrigue.

A how-to section on storytelling collages and a short biography of Romare Bearden are included.

About Claire Hartfield

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Jerome Lagarrigue was born and grew up in Paris, France, in a family of artists. Mr. Lagarrigue is the illustrator of one previous picture book, "My Man Blue, " by Nikki Grimes, and his work has also appeared in the "New Yorker" and on the cover of the "New York Times Book Review." A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he currently teaches drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published December 30, 2002 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This tribute to collage artist Romare Bearden is movingly executed in a fictionalized story of young James, who visits his aunt and uncle in New York while his parents adjust to the arrival of twins.

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On his birthday, the lad wanders into his uncle's studio and is thrilled to discover that Bearden's art captures his favorite spot: "Looking at Uncle Romie's paintings, I could feel Harlem—its beat and bounce."

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