Ellington Was Not a Street

Ellington Was Not a Street
Author: Ntozake Shange
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Text Copyright 1983 Illustrations Copyright 2004 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0-689-82884-5
Genre: Multicultural

Ellington Was Not a Street is an interesting introduction to many of the individuals who were a part of changing the culture during the Civil Rights era.  In this unique children’s book, Shange recalls her childhood home and the powerful men who entered her home and would later be remembered by the world.  Using an atypical poetry style, Shange prompts the reader to ask questions about the men in the story and piques their curiosity.  At the end of the story, there is a brief description of each of the characters and their contribution to the movement of change for African Americans.  This book would be an excellent addition to a classroom library!


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