Rum-A-Tum-Tum by Angela Shelf Medearis

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Describes all the different sounds one can hear on Market Street.
 

About Angela Shelf Medearis

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Angela Shelf Medearis was born in Virginia. Her family moved often, though, because her father was in the Air Force. She says that at each new place, "I knew there would always be a library, a friendly librarian, and my favorite books there to greet me. It made a new school and new friends much easier to deal with."In grade school, Angela Shelf Medearis's teachers told her that she wrote well. She was thirty years old, however, before she decided to try to earn a living as a writer. She enjoys history, and spends a lot of time researching African-American history for her books. As a bonus, her research often leads to ideas for new books. James Ransome has illustrated more than 35 books for children, including many award winners. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife, children's book author Lesa Cline Ransome, and their four children. Visit his website at www.jamesransome.com.
 
Published March 1, 1997 by Holiday House. 28 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""Okra, cucumbers,/squash and potatoes,/come and sample/my plump tomatoes,"" calls one vendor from the vegetable stand, and the mother of the girl who narrates ""sniffs, squeezes, and pokes each pile."" Bread, strawberries, shrimp, and apples are all for sale, but mixed into the business of the d...

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As captivated by African-American street calls as Alan Schroeder was in Carolina Shout!

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""Every morning when I open my eyes,/ my ears wake up to the street vendors' cries."" The narrator of this buoyant, percussive verse is an African American girl in New Orleans in the early 1900s.

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