Abigail Thomas Wake Up, Wilson Street

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Wake Up, Wilson Street

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Curled up at the window, Grandma and little Joe watch as Wilson Street wakes up--the paperboy arrives, the milkman stops at the corner grocery store, and a neighbor sets up her easel and paints.

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PreSchool-- From a rocking chair by the kitchen window, Nana and Little Joe watch their neighbors wake up. They see the newsboy on his bike, a neighbor sweeping her front stoop, another washing his car. Down the street, the owner of the corner grocery sets out tomatoes and corn. Richly colored scenes show Nana and Little Joe and everything they see from the window. Thickly layered oil paintings are particularly successful in capturing early morning light, from the long blue shadows when the sun is low to the clear bright light that follows. But shifting perspectives create an awkwardness in the depiction of the neighbors' activities. Some, like the grocer setting out his displays, are shown from above; the milkman, delivering milk bottles to the same store, is seen from below, at curbside seat. Some spreads cut off the tops of heads and people's feet, like Cinemascope stripped down for a small screen. While Nana and Little Joe are rooted in the rocking chair, the point-of-view of their apparent observations is irregular and graceless. The intent of the story, to show a cozy relationship between grandmother and child, is jarred by the artist's interpretation. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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