Sienna's Scrapbook: Our African American Heritage Trip

Sienna's Scrapbook: Our African American Heritage Trip

by Toni Trent Parker, Janell Genovese
     
 

Here it is, summer vacation, and Sienna's parents have already ruined it. They have this crazy idea that the family should stop off and visit black historical sites on their way to their North Carolina family reunion. As far as Sienna is concerned, summer is supposed to be about fun, not about learning! But Sienna is in for a wonderful surprise. Somehow along the

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Here it is, summer vacation, and Sienna's parents have already ruined it. They have this crazy idea that the family should stop off and visit black historical sites on their way to their North Carolina family reunion. As far as Sienna is concerned, summer is supposed to be about fun, not about learning! But Sienna is in for a wonderful surprise. Somehow along the way from the Amistad in New Haven, Connecticut, to the Apollo Theater in New York City, to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Frederick Douglass House in Washington, D.C., Sienna discovers that learning can be an adventure.

Sienna's Scrapbook invites readers along on her family's vacationa trip filled with great places, great food, and great fun!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The overall travelogue is colorful and engaging and offers a unique glimpse of the cultural heritage of African-Americans in the United States." -Kirkus Reviews "

...this refreshing retrospective of African-American history is engaging and entertaining....Her voice is strong and real. The chosen sites are both significant and fascinating....This charming book would lend itself easily to classroom projects on black history, journal writing, or map study." -School Library Journal"

This book, from one of the founding mothers of contemporary black children's literature, is a lovely introduction to many of our historically relevant sites from the most well known to the more obscure. Colorful illustrations, photographs and journal notations make Sienna's Scrapbook a real treat and an excellent road trip companion for kids." Black Issues Book Review

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Sienna is not thrilled with her parents' idea of a summer vacation. They plan to visit historical sites related to African Americans on the way from Hartford, Connecticut, to Sienna's grandparents' house in North Carolina. She plans to keep a scrapbook and include her thoughts about the trip, sites they visit, and various items she collects. Their first stop is the replica of the Amistad, and Sienna writes five pages about what she learns. The rest of the book is told in this fashion, from the Harlem Renaissance, to a black-doll museum in Philadelphia, to Arthur Ashe. Sienna includes interesting photos and documents, such as a copy of the program from Marian Anderson's performance at the Lincoln Memorial. It is very informative about many areas of African-American history but, unlike a traditional nonfiction book, Sienna's voice and the scrapbook style add a personal dimension to the stories told, as well as a visual interest. Throughout the journey Sienna intersperses the facts about history with tidbits about her family, such as her parents' marriage at Hampton Institute. Mingled with the scrapbook are Janell Genovese's color illustrations of Sienna and her family on their trip. A wonderful and imaginative way to teach children about history.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A combination of scrapbook and journal, this refreshing retrospective of African-American history is engaging and entertaining. Sienna is skeptical at best when her parents announce that they will do a tour of black historical sites on their drive from Hartford, CT, to a family reunion in North Carolina. She feels strongly that "summer is supposed to be about fun, not about learning!" As they visit places such as the Amistad, the Apollo Theater, the homes of Louis Armstrong and Frederick Douglass, the National Air and Space Museum, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Woolworth's/civil rights museum (plus many more), Sienna includes humorous notes and personal comments, making this scrapbook seem authentic. Her voice is strong and real. The chosen sites are both significant and fascinating. Endnotes include addresses, phone numbers, Web sites, and additional places to visit. Engaging illustrations include childlike drawings and doodles, photos, paintings, and replicas of ticket stubs and other ephemera. Pages with journal entries appear to be written on yellow lined paper. This charming book would lend itself easily to classroom projects on black history, journal writing, or map study. It should also pique interest in visiting some of the sites described.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sienna groans when she hears her family's perfectly fun, 700-mile road trip from Connecticut to North Carolina will be ruined with educational trips to African-American historical sites. Much to her delight, she discovers that Krispy Kreme donuts are everywhere-and that history's more interesting than she thought. Written in diary format with a "handwritten" font on lined paper, this is packed with informational asides, actual photographs and playful illustrations of the family eating Maryland crabs, or of sights along the way. The travel perspective is childlike, but the narrative often stumbles as it tries to combine the requisite "ughs" and "awesomes" with more factual statements and curiously dry quotations from Sienna's parents. Since the journey stops are so carefully, chronologically demarcated, a more detailed map for readers to track the trek would have been helpful. Still, the overall travelogue is colorful and engaging and offers a unique glimpse of the cultural heritage of African-Americans in the United States. (list of places with contact information and web sites, author's note) (Fiction. 7-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811843003
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Toni Trent Parker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and did graduate work in African American history at U.C. Berkeley. She co-founded Black Books Galore! and wrote several books for children.

Janell Genovese earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three young children.

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