Michelson, Richard: Across the Alley.
Michelson, Richard ACROSS THE ALLEY. Il. by E. B. Lewis. ISBN 0-399-23970-7. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2006. 32 pp. $16.99.
Although Abe and Willy live next door to each other, they never play
together during the day because Abe is Jewish and Willy is black. At
night, all that changes. They open their bedroom windows across the
alley from each other; Abe teaches Willy to play the violin, and Willy
teaches Abe to pitch a baseball. One night, Grandpa catches the boys
communicating. This becomes a turning point in both families' lives
and in the community. The story is reminiscent of The Other Side, which
Lewis also illustrated. Ages 5-9. Reviewed by Terre Sychterz, Kutztown
University, Kutztown, PA