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ISBN13: 9780061730740
ISBN10: 0061730742
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The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it’s about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, heart and soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice — the true heart and soul of our nation.

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"As in We Are the Ship, Nelson knits together the nation's proudest moments with its most shameful, taking on the whole of African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama. He handles this vast subject with easy grace, aided by the voice of a grandmotherly figure who's an amalgam of voices from Nelson's own family. She does not gloss over the sadness and outrage of her family's history, but her patient, sometimes weary tone ('The law didn't do a thing to stop it,' she says about the Ku Klux Klan. 'Shoot, some of the men wearing the sheets were lawmen') makes listeners feel the quiet power that survival requires. In jaw-dropping portraits that radiate determination and strength, Nelson paints heroes like Frederick Douglass and Joe Louis, conferring equal dignity on the slaves, workers, soldiers, and students who made up the backbone of the African-American community. The images convey strength and integrity as he recounts their contributions, including 'the most important idea ever introduced to America by an African American' — Dr. King's nonviolent protest. A tremendous achievement. Ages 9 – up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"The dramatic oil paintings heighten the dignity of this story, whether they are of well-known historical figures, common folk or landscape....This intimate narrative makes the stories accessible to young readers and powerfully conveys how personal this history feels for many African-Americans." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"Nelson...adds to his notable titles with this powerful view of African American history. Illustrated with 44 full-page paintings, this handsome volume is told in the fictionalized, informal voice of an African American senior looking back on her life and remembering what her elders told her." Booklist (starred review)

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"Provocative and powerful, this book offers a much-needed perspective for individuals of all ages seeking to understand America's past and present." School Library Journal (starred review)

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"Nelson effectively creates a voice that is at once singular and representative. A tour de force in the career of an author/artist who continues to outdo himself." Horn Book (starred review)

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Kadir Nelson is an acclaimed illustrator whose powerful artwork is captured in numerous award-winning picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine; the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford; and his own We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball and Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He lives with his family in San Diego, California.

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evans1466, February 6, 2012 (view all comments by evans1466)
This book is amazing - the illustrations are beautiful and look so realistic you'll think they are photographs!
The story is very well told and you can tell the author put allot of love into the creation of this book. The narrator
was telling her life story...... awesome to read and see!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061730740
Author:
Nelson, Kadir
Publisher:
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-People and Cultures
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
108
Dimensions:
11 x 11 in 17.78 oz
Age Level:
from 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As in We Are the Ship, Nelson knits together the nation's proudest moments with its most shameful, taking on the whole of African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama. He handles this vast subject with easy grace, aided by the voice of a grandmotherly figure who's an amalgam of voices from Nelson's own family. She does not gloss over the sadness and outrage of her family's history, but her patient, sometimes weary tone ('The law didn't do a thing to stop it,' she says about the Ku Klux Klan. 'Shoot, some of the men wearing the sheets were lawmen') makes listeners feel the quiet power that survival requires. In jaw-dropping portraits that radiate determination and strength, Nelson paints heroes like Frederick Douglass and Joe Louis, conferring equal dignity on the slaves, workers, soldiers, and students who made up the backbone of the African-American community. The images convey strength and integrity as he recounts their contributions, including 'the most important idea ever introduced to America by an African American' — Dr. King's nonviolent protest. A tremendous achievement. Ages 9 – up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The dramatic oil paintings heighten the dignity of this story, whether they are of well-known historical figures, common folk or landscape....This intimate narrative makes the stories accessible to young readers and powerfully conveys how personal this history feels for many African-Americans."
"Review" by , "Nelson...adds to his notable titles with this powerful view of African American history. Illustrated with 44 full-page paintings, this handsome volume is told in the fictionalized, informal voice of an African American senior looking back on her life and remembering what her elders told her."
"Review" by , "Provocative and powerful, this book offers a much-needed perspective for individuals of all ages seeking to understand America's past and present."
"Review" by , "Nelson effectively creates a voice that is at once singular and representative. A tour de force in the career of an author/artist who continues to outdo himself."
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