From Miss Ida's Porch

From Miss Ida's Porch

by Sandra Belton, Floyd Cooper
     
 

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Miss Ida's porch is a place where adults recall their past and where the youngsters love to listen in. On one perfect night, tales are told about two great African-American performers--Duke Ellington, who stayed at Mrs. Lomax's house when he was shut out of "whites only" hotels, and Marian Anderson, whose two historic concerts in Washington, D.C., testified to the

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Miss Ida's porch is a place where adults recall their past and where the youngsters love to listen in. On one perfect night, tales are told about two great African-American performers--Duke Ellington, who stayed at Mrs. Lomax's house when he was shut out of "whites only" hotels, and Marian Anderson, whose two historic concerts in Washington, D.C., testified to the power of the civil rights movement.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A group of African American neighbors gather on Miss Ida's front porch to share their recollections of Duke Ellington and Marian Anderson. PW found this "a memorable and personal introduction to the larger issue of racial segregation." Ages 7-10. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this African-American neighborhood, as the sun starts to go down, kids and grownups congregate on Miss Ida's porch-"a telling place." Mr. Fisher, who hails from Louisiana and is called "Poissant" by Miss Ida, is a man with lots of experience who launches his stories with " 'Puts my mind on the time...' " The tales are about ordinary folk as well as stars such as Lena Horn and Marion Anderson. They are filled with difficulties that Black people had while segregation reigned supreme. There is no bitterness, but there is pride and a strong sense of family in these tellings. The tone is soft and hushed, like early evening, which is also reflected in the soft oil washes by Cooper. It's a book with lots of appeal and a great addition to any multicultural collection. 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689818028
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
813,517
Product dimensions:
7.74(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984 he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

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