Friday, April 3, 2015
#Review: Car Washing Street by Denise Lewis Patrick/ Illustrated by John Ward #Multicultural #Kidsbooks #atozchallenge
Every Saturday, Matthew, a young African-American boy, loves to sit with his daddy and watch his neighbors, the Rodriguezes, Mr. Henry Hamilton, and Junior Boy Taylor, wash their cars. On this particularly hot day, one splash leads to another, and the car washing ends in a friendly communal water fight.
Car washing street could be any city street neighborhood in the world. However, this street has neighbors that know each other and care about each other. This is a street that people take care of their homes and the property the live in. There is no graffiti or trash. Kids play. There is no drive-by shootings.
Does this street really exist in our world today? The answer to that is, it depends.
Whatever the case, I would not mind living on this street. Every Saturday I would sit out with the main character of, Matthew, and enjoy watching the neighbors as they clean their cars. I would enjoy the music and the laughter.
This is about a street that at very least, used to exist but for the most part, no longer does. That to me is a bit sad. This book reminds me of those times when life was just simple and people enjoyed each other. It is a memory of not too long ago. It is nostalgia.
This is a book that kids need to read and maybe someday the world can just turn back to simplicity again because they did.
Disclosure: I bought a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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