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Cornrows

Cornrows

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by Camille Yarbrough, Carole M. Byard
     
 

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Every design has a name and means something in the powerful past and present richness of the Black tradition.

Mama's and Great-Grammaw's gentle fingers weave the design, and their lulling voices weave the tale, as they braid their children's hair into the striking cornrow patterns of Africa.

Overview

Every design has a name and means something in the powerful past and present richness of the Black tradition.

Mama's and Great-Grammaw's gentle fingers weave the design, and their lulling voices weave the tale, as they braid their children's hair into the striking cornrow patterns of Africa.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A jubilant celebration of black culture . . . with absolutely marvelous drawings." —Publishers Weekly

"It's a happy, sad story full of  pride and great people in our history." --Ebony Junior

"As the children sit to have their hair braided, they hear the regal history of cornrowing. Gammaw and Mama describe it as ancient and symbolic." —Booklist

"Camille Yarbrough captures the warmth of family affection and the pride of our rich heritage in a story that's superbly illustrated by Carole Byard." —Essence

"Camille Yarbrough is a poet, griot and storyteller who has crafted a special, rhythmic and moving story for you and yours. . . . The illustrations by Carole Byard dignify and give all due respect to the story." —Council on Interracial Books for Children

A Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustration
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698114364
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A jubilant celebration of black culture . . . with absolutely marvelous drawings." —Publishers Weekly

"It's a happy, sad story full of  pride and great people in our history." --Ebony Junior

"As the children sit to have their hair braided, they hear the regal history of cornrowing. Gammaw and Mama describe it as ancient and symbolic." —Booklist

"Camille Yarbrough captures the warmth of family affection and the pride of our rich heritage in a story that's superbly illustrated by Carole Byard." —Essence

"Camille Yarbrough is a poet, griot and storyteller who has crafted a special, rhythmic and moving story for you and yours. . . . The illustrations by Carole Byard dignify and give all due respect to the story." —Council on Interracial Books for Children

A Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustration
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Meet the Author

Camille Yarbrough is an award-winning performance artist, author, and cultural activist. As an extension of her creative and activist self, Yarbrough turned to writing in the 1970’s. Her published works have appeared in The New York Times, The Black Collegian Magazine, and The Journal of African Civilization. In 1979 Cornrows, the award-winning, groundbreaking family book that Essence magazine called “a gem,” was published and later three more books followed:The Shimmershine Queens, The Little Tree Growing in the Shade, and Tamika and the Wisdom Rings.

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Cornrows (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother bought this book for me as a gift in 1990, in part because the author shares 75% of my name, but also because of the culture and hertiage woven into the text. In this day, cornrows are viewed as a 'stereotype' for people of color, but this book defines the origin of cornrows and the important significance they carry. I used this book in a class project for a Reading class I took, and my peers and professor loved it.
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