Sugar Hill by Carole Boston Weatherford Book Review

 Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: February 1, 2014

Sugar Hill in Harlem has become a place of rhythm and history with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Faith Ringgold, W.E.B. DuBois and Thurgood Marshall having walked its streets and called it home. It is a place synonymous with culture and community, expanding the literary, music, and artistic worlds.

This could be easily considered a love story to the heyday of Harlem's Sugar Hill. With simple jazzy language that hearkens to the literary heritage of the source material. With lively and colorful illustrations, Sugar Hill feels upbeat and jazzy with a tinge of sadness for a bygone age when the Duke walked the streets of Harlem.