At the Crossroads

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HarperCollins, May 24, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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The children are waiting at the crossroads. The excitement and sense of celebration grows. Today their fathers come home from working in the mines, and neither hardship or deprivation can tarnish the joy of the reunion. Caldecott Honor-winner Rachel Isadora has spent much time in South Africa with her husabnd. The the Crossroads grows out of that experience and a scene that she witnessed there. Full-color illustrations.

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User Review  - jessicasolis6 - LibraryThing

This book is about a group of children eagerly awaiting the return of their fathers, who have been working in the mines for a really long time. The children don't see the men at first so they just keep waiting. Read full review

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User Review  - vwhitt - LibraryThing

Although this is the story of children in South Africa, it is one that some American children will be able to relate to. Parents leave. In this case, their father has been away for ten months working ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Many children dream of becoming dancers, musicians, actors, and artists, but few have the opportunity, the skill, and the determination to live out those dreams. Rachel Isadora is the exception. When she was young, she wanted to be a ballerina--and she became one. And now she has firmly established herself in a second career as an artist with an impressive string of picture books, including Ben's Trumpet, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Born and raised in New York City, Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet (associated with the New York City Ballet) as a Ford Foundation scholarship student. She danced with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury forced her to consider another career: book illustration. "I had always drawn for my own entertainment," says Rachel, "but I'd never had any instruction, and I wasn't sure how to proceed. So I just took a collection of sketches-odds and ends on bits of paper-to the first editor who would see me. She suggested I do a book about what I knew best." The result was Max, published in 1976 and named an ALA Notable Book.

Since Max, Rachel has written and illustrated many other books, and has illustrated three books by her editor, Elizabeth Shub. When Rachel begins a new book, she first imagines the story through the pictures. I 'see' each illustration separately," she says. "I write a description of what I envision on each page; then I go over it with my editor and make revisions. Next I do the actual drawing, and finally I write the text."

Rachel Isadora lives in New York City with her two children. When she is not busy with her family, she spends most of her spare time drawing. "Work like this is a dancer's fantasy," she says. "Because ballet is so demanding, dancers' stage careers are short. They can only dream of going on and on forever. With art, I can go on and on, and for me it's the only work that compares in intensity and joy."

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