Shaker Lane The people of Shaker Lane were a ramshackle lot with kids dogs ducks and general junk all over the place They loved their homes but when the town decided to build a reservoir on their land the S

  • Title: Shaker Lane
  • Author: Alice Provensen Martin Provensen
  • ISBN: 9780670815685
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Library Binding
  • The people of Shaker Lane were a ramshackle lot, with kids, dogs, ducks, and general junk all over the place They loved their homes, but when the town decided to build a reservoir on their land, the Shaker Lane folks knew it was time to move on.

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    1. What a find! I don't believe I have ever seen a community of rural lower-class families portrayed in a picture book, let alone with such tenderness and grace. "In order to live, the Herkimer sister sold off pieces of the farm, a half-acre here, an acre there. They sold it cheap." The clarity of the language and images conveys the reality of the lives of the people on Shaker Lane with a complete absence of sentimentality, managing to portray a sense of community between the families and individua [...]

    2. I love the variety and artistry of the Provensens' work. This is a local history told through pictures and brief but pithy narrative. It's not flashy--the color scheme is dominated by browns and muted earthy tones, and there are no famous characters. But the story is compelling and the pictures lovely.

    3. A brief history land use along one stretch of road: a farm, selling off land by elderly farmers, makeshift houses on small lots, building a reservoir, renaming the area and subdividing lots for suburbs. This picture book walks readers through the history of a parcel of land and those who lived there in brief, spare prose and illustrations that evoke the same feeling as the text.

    4. This is an excellent picturebook which celebrates so much about Americans living by simple means and living simple lives. Living on the land owned by a pair of elderly twin sisters who can no longer maintain the acres of farmland, Alice and Martin Provensen introduce us to a handful of residents who live there.The words and the pictures say so much without saying anything explicitly and you feel that you are looking upon the rural lifestyles of real people. This alone could lead to a fruitful an [...]

    5. I bought this book based upon the illustrations alone. Very folk-artsy and pleasing. When I got it home I read it to Atticus and could not stop laughing in shock and delight. It's basically the story of a farm owned by the Herkimer Sisters who sell off lots cheaply. So the little neighborhood is inhabited by poor people who some might call "white trash" but each person on the street is introduced and you realize that it was probably a nice place to live. Then a government man comes with a docume [...]

    6. We liked this book about a ragamuffin group of characters who lived their lives on now-destroyed Shaker Lane. We adore the Provensens' book on Bleriot, and this one wasn't quite as good, but we still all enjoyed it a lot. Something about the Provensens' characters is charming and endearing, even the least savory ones.

    7. Terrific! One of the only children's books I have read in recent years to address the lifestyles of working class, even poor, citizens with dignity and style. The tone of this beautifully illustrated text is neither conceited nor simplistic, and managed to end in a satisfying manner despite its refusal to gloss over the realities of environmental and community destruction in the South.

    8. Shaker lane is an interesting book. There isn't much of a plot, or a resolve, just kind of a strange story of a group of people living on Shaker lane. The illustrations are nice though, and the book does keep you a little interested. This book would be a nice read for children between 5 and 7.

    9. A very interesting look at America and how it can change so radically. There were a couple things I really liked about this picture book. First of all, the illustrations. I love how it has such a rustic feel to it, almost like the inhabitants of Shaker Lane. With vivid blues and greens. But mostly browns. This makes the changes that happen at the end seem all the more contrasting. I've actually had this book for years. Someone probably gave it to us when I was a kid, and in a recent spring clean [...]

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