Tommy Traveler in the World of Black History

Tommy Traveler in the World of Black History

by Tom Feelings

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unable to find any more books on black history in his library, Tommy Traveler is introduced to Dr. Gray, who has a private collection on the subject. During the reading sessions at Dr. Gray's home Tommy imagines himself transported to various historical periods. Whether accompanying Aesop to the marketplace in the sixth century B.C. or watching Joe Louis fight in 1936, Tommy appears to experience the past struggles of his people first-hand. Although well-intentioned, Feelings's ( Jambo Means Hello ; Moja Means One ) latest book disappoints. Versions of these accounts appeared as a weekly comic strip series during the late 1950s, though today they have a pedantic tone that occasionally borders on the militant. The newly extended and colorized strips are unattractive and difficult to read, while the illustrations are static and overwhelmed by flat pink and brown tones. The selections vary greatly in length: one-page presentations on Frederick Douglass and Emmett Till seem incomplete when compared with the lengthier passages. There is certainly a need for appealing books on black history, but for now young readers may be better served elsewhere. Ages 7-11. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- A book presented in comic-book format. Tommy Traveler, an African-American boy, has exhausted the public library's resources on black history. The librarian then refers him to Dr. Gray, who owns an extensive private collection of such materials. He welcomes Tommy and shares his books and his excitement about their contents. As the boy reads, his active imagination takes him into the past. The stories, which vary in length from 1 to 13 pages, are from the lives of Phoebe Fraunces, Emmet Till, Aesop, Frederick Douglass, Crispus Attucks, and Joe Louis. The cartoon illustrations are bright, appealing, with logically spaced segments of poster paints; they will attract younger readers, but the text comprehension level suggests that the appropriate audience is upper third grade.-- Helen E. Williams, formerly at University of Maryland, College Park

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Writers & Readers Publishing, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
11.82(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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