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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Grade 1 Up A non-sentimental account of ``social progress,'' a pattern of life common to all parts of this country and probably most Western societies. As the Herkimer sisters, rural inhabitants, grew old, they sold off parts of their land to those with modest incomes and a laid-back lifestyle. Then land developers arrived, created a reservoir, and forced the poor to move out to be replaced by middle-class families. Low key in the telling, with a focus on the people, the double-page spread paintings capture the horizontality of the landscape. Opaque, flat colors define clapboard houses, bare autumn branches, and a motley assortment of pooches with equal conviction. The Provensens show the makings of a rural ``slum,'' and readers feel the sense of community built by the La Roses and the Kulicks and the Whipple twins. Each group is defined as individuals by the details of their lives: the condition of their houses, the variety of junk in the yard, the kind of vehicle parked on the grass. Although there's no doubt about the aura of authenticity of the scenes painted, there's equally no doubt about the Provensens' thoughtfulness of the range of yellow-greens used to depict fallow fields, or the use of a few bright clothes on a clothesline to contrast with the graying landscape or the scruffy clouds that add emotional stature to the scene announcing the building of the reservoir. A beautiful blend of direct telling and subtle showing. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Called "an unforgettable piece of real estate" in a boxed PW review, this spare story chronicles the transformation of a rural street into a characterless suburban housing development. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Puffin, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140507132
Book Description Puffin, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140507132
Book Description Puffin. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140507132 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0964120