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The World Belonged to Us

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Colorful tribute to the past honors inner-city culture.

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This collaboration between powerhouse author Jacqueline Woodson and compelling illustrator Leo Espinosa is not just a fun read, but an experience to connect the generations. The World Belonged to Us is the book version of older adults telling kids about how life was in the good old days. What makes it even more special is the social commentary that celebrates the beauty of life in the inner city -- a story not often told -- while honoring the joy of childhood.

The text and illustrations convey the kids' shared feeling that the world belonged to them. Readers will feel that it was a truly magical time to be a kid, filled with possibility about what the future -- or even just tomorrow -- would bring.

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