2002 Newbery Medal Honor Book
2002 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
Synopses & Reviews
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
* "An unmatchable picture not only of Carver's life but also of his impact within his time as well as in history. . . . The book has a resonance and heart that will gratify the knowledgeable and naive alike (and that also invites reading aloud)."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
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This collection of poems provides a lyrical account of the life of George Washington Carver, a man born into slavery who went on to head the agricultural department at the Tuskegee Institute. Illustrations.
A powerful and thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of Americas most celebrated poets.
Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems. Readers are given an intimate portrait of her growing self-awareness and artistic inspiration along with a larger view of the world around her: racial tensions, the Cold War era, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement.
A first-person account of African-American history, this is a book to study, discuss, and treasure.
About the Author
Charles Dickens is best-known for his contributions to the world of literature:and#160;Oliver Twist, Greatand#160;Expectations
.and#160;and#160;InCharles Dickens and the Street Children of London
, acclaimed historical author Andrea Warren shares with readers the motivations behind Dickens' novels and then brings readers headlong into the poverty-stricken world of 19th century London. During his youngand#160;life, Dickens witnessed terrible things:and#160;families starving in doorways, babies being "dropped"and#160;on streets by mothers too poor or too sick to care for them, and most of all he witnessed a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class.and#160;and#160;Afterhis
family went into debt and he found himself working at a blacking factory (where boot polish was made), Dickens, who had been raised to believe that the lower classes were not only undeserving of anything better, but were so dirty that he could be contaminated by them, soon realized that they were no different than he, and even worse, they were given no chances to better themselves.and#160; It was at this blacking factory that he met a kind friend named Boband#160;Fagin, who would go on to be named one of Dickens' most memorable (and villanous!) characters inOliver Twist
At 25, Dickens became the toast of London with his first novel,Theand#160;Pickwickand#160;Papers.and#160; People of all classes read it - the poor would pool together money to purchase this serial novel.and#160; But Dickens had more serious stories to tell:and#160;he wanted to tell of the workhouses were small children toiled for their entire lives; he wanted to tell of all the horrible things he had seen the upper class turn their back to.and#160; He wanted to tell one child's story, and that child became Oliver.and#160; With the runaway success ofOliver Twist, and it's memorable "Please sir, I want some more," Dickens was thrust into the public spotlight as a spokesman championing the rights of the deserving poor.and#160; His time as an instrument of social change was just beginning.and#160;and#160;Along with some contemporaries in the world of music, art and education, Dickens changed school systems, hospitals, and orphanages, all while representing the lowest class with the same respect as the upper class in his novels.and#160;and#160;
Spirited, smart, and handsome, but not without his own demons and personal issues, Charles Dickens is an enigmatic character whose name is recognized the world over, but whose achievements outside the literary realm are not often discussed.and#160;Charles Dickens and the Street Children of Londonmelds these two legacies in an intriguing, compelling and fast-paced biography, filled with historical images and photographs.and#160;
In 1996, Houghton Mifflin published Andrea Warren's first nonfiction book for young readers,Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.and#160;Andrea travelled toand#160;London to do extensive research for this book; she has a master's degree in British Literature from the University ofand#160;Nebraska. Andrea lives inand#160;Kansas.