Synopses & Reviews
I am a story.
So are you.
So is everyone.
Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.
Sharing his own story as he explores what makes each person special, Lester introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story."
About the Author
Julius Lester is the author of the Newbery Honor Book To Be a Slave
, the Caldecott Honor Book John Henry
, the National Book Award finalist The Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History
, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner Day of Tears
. He is also a National Book Critics Circle nominee and a recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book
Award. His most recent picture book, Let's Talk About Race
, was named to the New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing." In addition to his critically acclaimed writing career, Mr. Lester has distinguished himself as a civil rights activist, musician, photographer, radio talk-show host, and professor. For thirty-two years he taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lives in western Massachusetts.
Karen Barbour has illustrated many books for children, including You Were Loved Before You Were Born; Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry!; I Have an Olive Tree; and Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems, which was a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner. She wrote and illustrated Little Nino's Pizzeria, a Reading Rainbow selection. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Rome. She lives in Point Reyes Station, California.