Wadsworth Atheneum

JAKE MAKES A WORLD: JACOB LAWRENCE, A YOUNG ARTIST IN HARLEM

In the morning Jake watches the sun wake up. He makes a big stretch, and the sun stretches, too.

Thirteen-year-old Jake has just moved to New York City. In his new neighborhood, Harlem, he sees new people and hears new sounds. At Utopia Children's House, an after-school arts center, the young boy uses his hands, paper, paint, glue, and other things to make sense of the world around him. Jake's Harlem has all the shouts and songs and noises of the Harlem outside, but here they are colors, they are shadows dancing, they are rhythms, they are light. And in the face of an old mask from Africa, he sees the world around him - and himself.

Inspired by the childhood of the artist Jacob Lawrence in 1930s Harlem, this book introduces young readers to a boy who finds inspiration in everyday things.

Details: By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
published 2015, 44 pages, hardcover


 

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