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Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm Xby Ilyasah Shabazz
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Malcolm X grew to be one of Americaand#8217;s most influential figures. But first, he was a boy named Malcolm Little. Written by his daughter, this inspiring picture book biography celebrates a vision of freedom and justice.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bolstered by the love and wisdom of his large, warm family, young Malcolm Little was a natural born leader. But when confronted with intolerance and a series of tragedies, Malcolmand#8217;s optimism and faith were threatened. He had to learn how to be strong and how to hold on to his individuality. He had to learn self-reliance.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Together with acclaimed illustrator AG Ford, Ilyasah Shabazz gives us a unique glimpse into the childhood of her father, Malcolm X, with a lyrical story that carries a message that resonates still todayand#8212;that we must all strive to live to our highest potential.
"Shabazz (Growing Up X) pays affectionate tribute to her father, Malcolm X, and his parents in this account of the activist's childhood, which relies on family lore to reimagine Malcolm's conversations and thoughts. The dense narrative mixes down-to-earth observations (Malcolm 'was full of questions, a natural leader, and a fun-loving prankster') with sometimes protracted metaphors; among the lessons Malcolm learned from his mother's garden was that it 'was an entire world of its own, where even the most sluggish of ladybugs and the fastest scurrying ants were all equally treated like esteemed and welcomed guests at a family Sunday brunch.' What Shabazz relays more precisely is Malcolm's resolve to succeed and remain true to his parents' values after he loses his father 'to the brute force of racism and the narrow-mindedness of the Ku Klux Klan,' and his mother is deemed 'no longer fit to care for her children.' Ford's (My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) oil paintings render joyous and desolate moments with equal skill. Ages 5 — 10. Author's agent: Jason Anthony, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
AG Ford is the illustrator of many books for children, including the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller andlt;iandgt;Barackand
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