Steel Town

By Jonah Winter; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416940814, 40pp.)

Publication Date: May 20, 2008

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Description

In Steel Town,
it's always dark.
In Steel Town,
it's always raining...


In Steel Town, the mills blaze all day and all night, making steel and even more steel to be shipped over the Magic Mountains, down the Pitch-Black River, and far, far away. The men who work in the mills work as hard as the machines that make the steel, never stopping. But when the men go home at night, a different side of Steel Town emerges -- one filled with music and neighbors, pierogies and spaghetti, churches and front porches.
This gritty yet poetic world is brought to life through Jonah Winter's lyrical, rhythmic text and Terry Widener's luscious, nocturnal illustrations, whose massive figures glow with the few lights that shine through this darkness. This is a portrait of an imaginary town derived from the very real American steel towns of the 1930s, when the sky was often black as night all day and the cavernous mills belched out fire and smoke. Here is a journey to a town that time has not forgotten, just misplaced: Steel Town.




About the Author

Jonah Winter is celebrated author of many picture book biographies including Barack, which was a New York Times bestseller.  His other books include Here Comes the Garbage Barge, Sonia Sotomayor, and others.  A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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