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In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers

In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers

by Wade Hudson
     
 

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Featuring essays, interviews, poetry, anecdotes, and illustrations from from 40 prize-winning authors and artists, this collection spans the recollections of several generations of outstanding African Americans. 80 illustrations, 40 in color. Size D. 144 pp.

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Featuring essays, interviews, poetry, anecdotes, and illustrations from from 40 prize-winning authors and artists, this collection spans the recollections of several generations of outstanding African Americans. 80 illustrations, 40 in color. Size D. 144 pp.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
True to its title, this uneven collection gives prominent African American authors and artists a forum for heaping praise on their parents-for helping to shape them into creative adults and for giving them an appreciation of their African American heritage or, in the words of Candy Dawson Boyd, for "making Black/ a good thing." Among the standout entries are Walter Dean Myers's affecting tribute to his father, who, as the author learned after he had published many children's books, wasn't sufficiently literate to read his son's work; and Virginia Hamilton's articulate comments on the experience of marrying a white man and raising two biracial children. Unfortunately, a number of the book's offerings are rambling or ponderous, including a tedious interview with the two grown children of the late artist John Steptoe; and an oblique poem by Eugene B. Redmond, whose images and allusions are likely to elude most young readers. The illustrations, by a range of artists, include a collage-like painting by James E. Ransome, Ashley Bryan's composite woodcut inspired by family photos and Leo and Diane Dillon's stunning cover picture of a family dressed in armor (representing, according to the artists, "battles won and lost, and endurance through the ages"). Given its level of sophistication and highly personal focus, this collection might be better suited to aficionados of African American literature than to children. All ages. (Feb.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpA wonderful collection of stories, actually reminiscences, told by well-known writers and illustrators. Some 40 people share their memories of their families and how they were influenced by them. The writers include Virginia Hamilton, Joyce Carol Thomas, Angela Johnson, and Walter Dean Myers. There is an interview with the children of the late John Steptoe, conducted by Pat Cummings. Artists include Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Tom Feelings, and James Ransome. With poems and essays, this unique offering has something for everyone who values family and who values or wants to understand the African-American experience. A visual and literary treasure that will enhance library collections.Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940975606
Publisher:
Just Us Books, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.57(w) x 11.03(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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