Across the Alley

Across the Alley

Book - 2006
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Jewish Abe's grandfather wants him to be a violinist while African-American Wille's father plans for him to be a great baseball pitcher, but it turns out that the two boys are more talented when they switch hobbies.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2006
ISBN: 9780399239700
Branch Call Number: E MIC
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: Lewis, E. B. (Earl B.)


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Jan 17, 2015

Two boys, one Jewish and one African-American, live next door to each other. As they become friends, they discover that one is great at baseball and one at the violin, but it's backwards from what their families had planned. Luckily, the adults in their lives embrace the discovery. One of our favorite children's picture books about friendship and being true to yourself.

Definitely better for slightly older kids because it does briefly mention someone's fingers getting broken in a concentration camp - that's a heavy discussion to spring on a 3 year old at bedtime, for example, if they haven't already learned about that part of history.

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