Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change [NOOK Book]

Overview

Rosa sat so
Martin could march.
Martin marched so
Barack could run.Barack ran so
Our children can soar.

This is the seed of a unique and inspirational picture book text, that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. ...
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Overview

Rosa sat so
Martin could march.
Martin marched so
Barack could run.Barack ran so
Our children can soar.

This is the seed of a unique and inspirational picture book text, that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It symbolically takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how select pioneers' achievements led up to this landmark moment, when we have elected our first black President.

Each historical figure is rendered by a different award-winning African-American children's book illustrator, representing the singular and vibrant contribution that each figure made.

Lending historical substance, the back matter includes brief biographies of: George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama.
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Editorial Reviews

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In a sense, we are living the legacy of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and other African-American activists who worked hard to change and improve the society we share. This inspirational picture book takes the civil rights story up to the election of Barack Obama, our first black president.
Publishers Weekly

Showcasing the art of 13 artists, this resonant book was inspired by a simple yet searing phrase that celebrates the achievements of African-Americans, which was featured, in various versions, online and at rallies during the 2008 presidential campaign. Cook's adaptation pays tribute to 10 individuals, including George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson. These figures' triumphs are shown as part of a seamless continuum: "Martin marched... so Thurgood could rule. Thurgood ruled... so Barack could run. Barack ran... so our children can soar!" The spreads understandably represent an array of artistic styles and media, yet they form a cohesive and affecting collective portrait: a musical staff swathes Pat Cummings's Ella Fitzgerald like a boa, while Shadra Strickland's Ruby Bridges is a small yet determined figure, marching up the schoolhouse steps against a backdrop of protestors. Additional images from Leo and Diane Dillon, James Ransome, E.B. Lewis, Eric Velasquez and others, corroborate Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman's assertion, in the book's foreword, that African-American history is "the story of hope." Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Great African-American history-makers are the focus of this simple text. During Barack Obama's campaign for president, rallies and blogs repeated phrases that mentioned the people who paved the way for an African-American man to become president. This book is a short history lesson. African-American ancestors, George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Barack Obama are mentioned in short poetic tribute to African-American greats. Because the text is meant to be inspirational, it is short, but the back of the book contains biographies of each of the people mentioned. Each spread of the book is illustrated by a different African-American illustrator. Each illustrator has a short biography in the back as well as comments about the book. It also contains a forward by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund. It would be an excellent selection for African-American history collections and to update libraries with current books about Barack Obama. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal

K-Gr 6

Similar in approach to Ntozake Shange's Ellington Was Not a Street (S & S, 2004), this book spotlights a historical African-American figure on each spread. Cook's brief words introduce 11 key individuals, beginning with "Our ancestors fought.../so George [Washington Carver] could invent./George invented...so Jesse [Owens] could sprint./Jesse sprinted...." Each stunning spread features full-bleed artwork done by a different children's book illustrator, such as James Ransome, Leo and Diane Dillon, Pat Cummings, E. B. Lewis, and Bryan Collier. Sports greats Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson verily leap from the pages. Ruby Bridges steps innocently into her school building, guarded by two federal marshals. An unknown Civil War soldier reminds readers of nameless heroes who struggled for freedom. These images will motivate students to seek further information about the people depicted here. Paragraph-length profiles of these "pioneers of change" are appended as are the artists' biographies, which will lead students to discover a rich body of work by contemporary illustrators. A perfect read-aloud to introduce a lesson on biographies or African-American studies.-Catherine Trinkle, Hickory Elementary, Avon, IN

From the Publisher
NAACP Image Award Winner “A cohesive and affecting collective portrait.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Celebration, inspiration, and connection are the themes that drive this big, handsome picture book. . . . Will inspire parents and grandparents to share their memories and talk with children about the future.” —Booklist starred review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619631168
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 660,647
  • Age range: 4 years
  • File size: 33 MB
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Meet the Author

Michelle Cook is the pseudonym of a book editor/author who was thrilled to collaborate with Bloomsbury Children's Books to develop this unique text.

AG Ford grew up in Dallas, Texas. At a young age he discovered his artistic ability, which later led him to the Columbus College of Art and Design. Ford's first picture book, Barack by Jonah Winter, reached the New York Times bestseller list. agfordillustration.com

Bryan Collier is the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner of numerous children's books, including Rosa and Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When he's not painting, he spends his time visiting schools and encouraging young artists and readers. Bryan lives in New York with his wife and daughter. bryancollier.com

Charlotte Riley-Webb has won numerous awards as a fine artist including a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. Charlotte has also illustrated several children's books, including Rent Party Jazz, Sweet Potato Pie, The Entrance Place of Wonders, and the upcoming I Like Brown. She lives in Georgia. charlotterileywebb.com

Cozbi A. Cabrera's beautiful, handcrafted cloth dolls have garnered the attention of collectors around the world. She attended Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Cozbi has illustrated Beauty, Her Basket; Thanks a Million; Most Loved In All the World andÂ Stichin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt.

Diane and Leo Dillon, a husband-and-wife team, have collaborated on more than fifty picture and chapter books.Â They are known for their wide range of media and techniques and their mission to include people of many cultures in their work. They are the only artists to have received the Caldecott two years in succession.

E. B. Lewis won the 2005 Caldecott Honor BookÂ for Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline WoodsonÂ and the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, for Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes. Mr. Lewis teaches illustration at Philadelphia'sÂ University of the Arts. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

ERIC VELASQUEZ is the author and illustrator of Grandma's Records and the illustrator of The Piano Man, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. His most recent collaborations with Carole Boston Weatherford include I, Matthew Henson, which received four starred reviews, and Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, which received two starred reviews. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York. ericvelasquez.com

FRANK MORRISON is a renowned fine artist whose work was featured in Our Children Can Soar. He has lent his talents to many picture books, including Alex Rodriguez's Out of the Ballpark, Queen Latifah's Queen of the Scene, and Brenda Roberts' Jazzy Miz Mozetta, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He lives in Georgia.

James Ransome is the illustrator of more than forty books and the winner of numerous awards.Â  His work is part of both public and private children's book art collections. He teaches at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, NY, with his wife, writer Lesa Cline Ransome, and their children.

Diane and Leo Dillon, a husband-and-wife team, have collaborated on more than fifty picture and chapter books.Â They are known for their wide range of media and techniques and their mission to include people of many cultures in their work. They are the only artists to have received the Caldecott two years in succession.

Pat Cummings was raised as an Army "brat" in Germany, Okinawa, and Kansas (!), using art as an entree whenever she moved from school to school. Having created everything from board books to teen novels, nonfiction to children's television, sheÂ now teaches a children's book course at Parson's School of Design and at her alma mater, Pratt Institute.

R. Gregory Christie is a Brooklyn-based multi award-winning children's book illustrator who visits schools all over the country. gas-art.com

Shadra Strickland, an Atlanta native, studied illustration and design at Syracuse University and earned her M.F.A. at New York's School of Visual Arts. Her first book, Bird, received the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Marian Wright Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF).Â  Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    Simple and Fun!

    Our Children Can Soar is a book about pioneers that helped children to soar. The book also helped children learn about history and it can be a great book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    I yearn for the children to catch the spirit of this book! My heart fills with an urgent desire to make them feel the sacrifice and honor of these black Americans

    This book is very simple and the illustrations are perfect partners to the quality of this strong message. Wonderful for a classroom read-a-loud!
    It stole my heart!

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Our Children Can Soar is an inspiring story of how we stand on the shoulders of those that have gone before us. It reveals a legacy of strength and pride.

    A wonderful book to read to children and adults alike.

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    Posted February 20, 2010

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