African Heritage Short Stories

African Heritage Short Stories

by Bobby L. Jackson, Kevin Grays

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Jackson's "short stories" are actually a dozen tales that he has adapted from the Bible. Noah is given nine sentences, Moses only eight. This brevity, coupled with a lackluster writing style, deprives the tales of both power and meaning. The book jacket states: "An Afrocentric perspective is crucial in prodding America to help break the `Psychological Chains' that have enslaved the minds of many enduring survivors of African descent." To that end, Jackson has set all of the stories on what he describes as "the continent of ancient Africa," and the artwork depicts all of the Biblical characters as black. While the matter may be of some debate among religious scholars, the author offers no sources for his conclusions. Garishly colored paintings done in purples and electric blues portray people with disproportionate features. The head of the infant Jesus is almost identical in size to that of his mother. James Weldon Johnson's The Creation (Holiday, 1994), with James Ransome's illustrations, or Lorenz Graham's Bible series, including Every Man Heart Lay Down (Boyds Mills, 1993), are better choices.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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5 - 7 Years

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