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the Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope and Barry Root

the Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope and Barry Root

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the Araboolies of Liberty Street

This copy of The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope and with illustrations by Barry Root is a HB without a DJ. It has shiny linen-like covers. It was published by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. in 1989. Condition: Very Good--pages show slight handling; no markings; binding tight; covers in great shape except for a tip of white in the upper corner of the front cover.
From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-- When the colorful, noisy, multihued Araboolies move to conventional, quiet Liberty Street, General Pinch and his wife are horrified. And when the Araboolies paint their house in bright zigzags, camp on the front lawn, and engage the neighborhood children in wild and joyful games, General Pinch calls out the army. Quickly the children decorate every house with paints, banners and balloons, leaving the General's house as the "weird one" on the block. Following orders to find the house that is different, the soldiers tie up the Pinch's house and drag it away. Brightly colored, sweeping, full double-page paintings enliven this modern fable of people vs. government. Swope's message may well be that diversity and individuality are good, but what comes through in the story is the sense that modern neighborhoods, no matter how ordinary, exist under the threat of military enforcement. The fact that the children of the neighborhood are able to cover up the radical individualism of the dissident family and turn the tables on the General himself gives no comfort. The pictures are full of action and entertainment, and the book can prove useful--not for the lighthearted story that was probably intended, but for consideration of the seldom-discussed role of the military in modern societies. The creators of this book, perhaps unwittingly, have produced that rarity, a picture book that deals with political issues as well as more subtle social themes of tolerance, conformity, and the rights of the individual in a community. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

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