Night on Neighborhood Street
by Greenfield, Eloise; Gilchrist, Jan Spivey (ILT)

A rich collection of original poems celebrates the sights, sounds, and emotions of an African-American neighborhood over the course of a single evening. Reprint. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reading Rainbow.

Eloise Greenfield has published many children's books, including picture books, novels, poetry, and biographies. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. In 1999 she became a member of the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. Greenfield was born in North Carolina and grew up in Washington, DC, where she continues to live. She has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist has illustrated children’s books for over a quarter of a century. She illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking and the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, both by Eloise Greenfield. In 2000, she was inducted to the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. Jan lives with her husband in a suburb of Chicago. See more of her work at

As ``dusk spins from daylight'' on Neighborhood Street, some children sing and play on the sidewalk, others trot sleepily to bed or lie wakeful. Juma gets a good-night hug from his Daddy; the Robinsons have ``fambly time''; Tonya's mother entertains her daughter's friends at a sleepover and-later that night-''blows lullaby sounds'' with her horn out over the silent street. Except for ``The Seller'' (``when the seller comes around/...all the children go inside/...they know his breath is cold'') and ``The Meeting,'' about an ever-angry neighbor, Greenfield's poems have a peaceful tone that is perfectly matched in Gilchrist's gentle, dreamy paintings, where brown skins glow with a warm light against soft-focus backgrounds of shadowed walls and deep, starry sky. A winning combination. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-6) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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