Explore Black History with Wee Pals

Overview

Morrie Turner created the "Wee Pals" comic strip in 1964. Appearing first in Ebony and Black World magazines, it soon became the first comic strip featuring a multiethnic cast of characters to appear in metropolitan daily newspapers. It was adapted into an animated television show called Kid Power in 1972. In Wee Pals Discover Black History, Turner has assembled a collection of "Wee Pals" strips designed to introduce young readers to black history.

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Overview

Morrie Turner created the "Wee Pals" comic strip in 1964. Appearing first in Ebony and Black World magazines, it soon became the first comic strip featuring a multiethnic cast of characters to appear in metropolitan daily newspapers. It was adapted into an animated television show called Kid Power in 1972. In Wee Pals Discover Black History, Turner has assembled a collection of "Wee Pals" strips designed to introduce young readers to black history.

Here are all the "Wee Pals" characters, including Nipper with his whiskered dog, General Lee, dancing Diz, basketball-loving Ralph. bespectacled Trinh, and Charlotte with her pet parrot perched on the handles of her wheelchair. They educate each other about the deeds of Martin and Coretta King, James Baldwin, Thurgood Marshall. Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, and many other well-known and lesser-known black Americans.

From Crispus Attucks, the first American killed by British soldiers in the War of Independence, to Naomi Anderson, a pioneer in the black woman's suffrage movement, to Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who risked her life as a spy during the Civil War, each story is told with Turner's trademark subtlety, sophistication.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Wee Pals, a multi-ethnic group of comic strip characters, introduce readers to the names and deeds of famous African-Americans in this paperback collection of comic strips. Each comic is contained on a single small page and most feature the cartoon characters telling one another about the contributions of a historical or contemporary figure. It's just an introduction, there's not much more information conveyed here than "who," "what," and "when." The vocabulary and subtle humor of the comics puts this book beyond the reach of most readers who would be attracted by the Wee Pals themselves. But for older or more sophisticated readers who want to survey African-American contributions to American society, this book will be of service.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940975798
  • Publisher: Just Us Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 62
  • Sales rank: 1,213,150
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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