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This book gives me goosebumps. It's a biography of Coretta Scott King, strikingly illustrated by Kadir Nelson, with resonant poetic text by Ntozake Shange. More importantly, it's a great introduction to the non-violent movement in the struggle for civil rights. A companion to look for is Ellington Was Not a Street by the same fantastic duo — anyone interested in learning about African-American history should have these two books on hand.
Recommended by Jill S., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.

A yearning for equality began to grow.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.

Review:

"Nelson's (We Are the Ship) jacket portrait of Coretta Scott, monumental and tender at the same time, sets the tone for this intimate picture biography. The artist's full-bleed paintings, powerfully molded and saturated with color, depict crucial moments in Scott's life: the morning when a 'white school bus/ left a/ funnel of dust' in Coretta's face as she walked five miles to school; her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., 'two minds attracted in prayer,' their faces joined in double profile; the March on Washington, a mass of humanity around the Washington Monument, viewed from the air. Shange's (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf) rhythmic lines and formal syntax roll like waves — 'over years/ learning and freedom/ took hold of Coretta's soul/ till she knew in her being/ that the Good Lord intended freedom/ for the Negro' — carrying readers on a soul-stirring ride through Coretta's coming of age in the Civil Rights movement and her time as King's partner in it. 'Singin' always singin',' Shange ends; Nelson shows the couple at the head of a line of marchers, and then, on the final page, in tight close-up, their faces patient and strong. Ages 4 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Shange and monumental artwork by Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott. Full color.

Synopsis:

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.

A yearning for equality began to grow.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.

About the Author

Ntozake Shange is a celebrated poet and author of many novels and plays, including the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which was made into a feature film. Ms. Shange is also the author of several children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Ellington Was Not a Street, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061253645
Author:
Shange, Ntozake
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Illustrator:
Nelson, Kadir
Author:
by Ntozake Shange and Kadir Nelson
Author:
Nelson, Kadir
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 16.80 oz
Age Level:
04-09

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"Staff Pick" by ,

This book gives me goosebumps. It's a biography of Coretta Scott King, strikingly illustrated by Kadir Nelson, with resonant poetic text by Ntozake Shange. More importantly, it's a great introduction to the non-violent movement in the struggle for civil rights. A companion to look for is Ellington Was Not a Street by the same fantastic duo — anyone interested in learning about African-American history should have these two books on hand.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nelson's (We Are the Ship) jacket portrait of Coretta Scott, monumental and tender at the same time, sets the tone for this intimate picture biography. The artist's full-bleed paintings, powerfully molded and saturated with color, depict crucial moments in Scott's life: the morning when a 'white school bus/ left a/ funnel of dust' in Coretta's face as she walked five miles to school; her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., 'two minds attracted in prayer,' their faces joined in double profile; the March on Washington, a mass of humanity around the Washington Monument, viewed from the air. Shange's (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf) rhythmic lines and formal syntax roll like waves — 'over years/ learning and freedom/ took hold of Coretta's soul/ till she knew in her being/ that the Good Lord intended freedom/ for the Negro' — carrying readers on a soul-stirring ride through Coretta's coming of age in the Civil Rights movement and her time as King's partner in it. 'Singin' always singin',' Shange ends; Nelson shows the couple at the head of a line of marchers, and then, on the final page, in tight close-up, their faces patient and strong. Ages 4 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This extraordinary union of poetic text by Shange and monumental artwork by Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott. Full color.
"Synopsis" by , Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.

A yearning for equality began to grow.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.

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