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I was so impressed with the expertise and professionalism that both of these ladies had. After taking their workshop, I came away with new knowledge of how to use the economy of writing when creating a picture book as well as using a picture book dummy to determine if my pacing was on target.
Excellent advice from Andrea was that there is no such thing as writer's block!
Sylvie had us create a picture book from paper so we could better understand how the picture book is laid out. Once we made ours, then we looked at the pacing of the picture book and how to determine if our story's pacing was strong enough. If you'd like to try, here's a great link to get you started.
Jacket description: "Sojourner Truth was as strong adn tall as most men. She was big, black, and so beautiful. Born into slavery, Sojourner ran away as a young girl. She cherished her freedom, and believed it should be granted to everyone. But she didn't fight for it with her mighty fists, and she didn't stomp for it with her giant boots. Sojourner spoke the truth, and struggled against injustice with her brace, beautiful words.
Following Sojourner from her courageous plantation escape to her meeting with Abraham Lincoln, this is a stirring portrait of a woman who pulled herself up by her great big bootstraps. A warrior for justice above all else, Sojourner allowed no bias to cross her path without a fight."
I absolutely love the story of Sojourner Truth. She is one of the most amazing women in history and I love reading all the different versions of her inspirational story and this has just become one of my favorite versions. The husband and wife team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney did a truly fantastic job portraying Sojourner Truth and the path she took through her life, including the sadness she experienced in the beginning of her life, being born into slavery and sold from her parents, as well as the powerful message of all she did for the rights of her people.
The illustrations are a wonderful companion to the text, being a bit old-fashioned, but showing Truth as she was. "Big, black, and so beautiful."
A definite recommendation for all libraries. Great for units on Black History Month, slavery, or strong women in history.
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney 32 pages Non-Fiction Picture Book Hyperion 9780786807673 November 2009 Review copy received from publisher
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My daughter’s 4th grade class is celebrating Black History Month in the most wonderful way by creating a version of Kente cloth. While it’s traditionally made with silk and cotton interweaving threads, her class used pens, paints, and colored pencils to create theirs.
Kente cloth is believed to have originated from the Akan people in West Africa*. The designs are traditionally bright, geometric, and bold. Additionally, the colors and shapes are usually symbolic of historic events, family trees, the seasons, and proverbs. (The Smithsonian Institute has wonderful information online about their “Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity” exhibition)
Making Kente cloths in your library is just one of many ideas to celebrate Black History Month. Texas Library Club has a wonderful list of books, songs, and activities – including a way of making Kente cloths by weaving strips of paper together.
We’d also love to recommend these books for your Black History Month displays:
Last night’s CBC Diversity Committee Kickoff was OH SO FUN! Here are some of photos and there’s more to come — tomorrow. I got to this post pretty late…sorry. The Children’s Book Council introduced new diversity committee and there were plenty of people in-the-house with great ideas and the future is bright for diversity.
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon held by the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Guild (of which I am a member) is a professional organization of authors, illustrators, and specialists in children’s literature.
The luncheon was held in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. The speakers were author and editor Andrea Davis Pinkney, honorary co-chair of the 40th birthday celebration of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, and Guild member Deborah Taylor, the current chair of the award committee. Pinkney and Taylor talked about the history and winners of these prestigious awards, which recognize outstanding children’s books by African Americans.
As an added bonus, Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson also attended the luncheon, as did Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Nelson and Robinson brought along copies of their gorgeous new book, Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson. It was truly an inspiring event for all of us!