Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

by Kadir Nelson

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Overview

Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul—the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews—now features eight pages of discussion and curriculum material.

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061730795
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 76,471
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.


Kadir Nelson won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor for Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACP Image Award. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are the Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book. He is also the author and illustrator of the acclaimed Baby Bear.

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
mccabe1030 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first began to complete a picture walk of the book, I thought that the illustrations were from various art works from various artists. I think this is because the first few were of a photograph in a frame and a gentlemen looking at a painting in a museum. I could feel the strength and determination from the paintings as I turned each page. Each face looked more real just by glancing at the facial expressions on each person displayed. The lighting Mr. Nelson used on each painting also helps to move the reader to another section. The text depicts the history of African Americans from the time of the Declaration of Independence to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. A powerful story of the struggles and triumphs that once race of Americans went through to earn them the right to be called African-Americans.
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heart and soul is in many stories put together to create an exceptional book about African American history. The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. However, this is not a normal history book in any way. First of all, this book has the most beautiful pictures. The detail in these pictures is unreal. 4.5 stars.
ChloePalmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Balzar + Bay, 2011. $19.99. Ages 9 and up.A far cry from the typical American history text book, Kadir Nelson captures the spirit of African Americans and their rich legacy with Heart and Soul. Told from the unique perspective of an old, black woman, each chapter thoroughly examines a different era in American history from the thirteen original colonies to Civil Rights, including unfamiliar topics such as Buffalo Soldiers and black innovations. Nelson¿s chops as an artist manifest in the vivid, occasionally heart-breaking illustrations of famous African Americans and the moments in time that depict not only a race of people, but our history as a nation. Heart and Soul serves as a testament to the men and women that history often ignores. By presenting a rarely seen perception of famous events throughout time, Nelson subtly encourages the reader to re-evaluate their own beliefs while providing an entertaining and compelling story. ¿Chloe Palmer
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm. This book. It's true that there's nothing quite like it and for that it is valuable. It's also true that Kadir Nelson is an artistic genius and the book's well worth paging through for the art alone. I guess it comes down to whether you approach the book as nonfiction (and if you don't approach it as nonfiction, how do you approach it?). To boil down hundreds of years of history into 100 pages is no small feat and it's led to some oversimplifications that I feel are misleading. With detailed source notes, I think I could get on board, but those aren't provided (however, a bibliography is provided). I can see this as a valuable supplementary resource, but, though the tone is conversational and kid-friendly, kids are going to need scaffolding or else they're going to come away confused about some issues.
ginarentz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not sure if I can choose the writing over the artwork. Both are compelling and a must read and own by all teachers and schools!! Love love love
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book because is reinforces the same slavery to freedom narrative that children hear every year in school. It is beautifully illustrated but it is not groundbreaking in it's story-telling. I wish other stories were told, he left out key "radical" figures and generally told only the story that supports the American narrative. This book could have remained unwritten and Nelson could have donated the drawings to an updated or abridged version of John Hope Franklin's "From Slavery to Freedom."
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story, told in the voice of an African-American elder female teaching the young, begins with the admission of why American history has been a difficult subject for blacks to address:"Most folks my age and complexion don¿t speak much about the past. Sometimes it¿s just too hard to talk about - nothing we like to share with you young folk. No parent wants to tell a child that he was once a slave and made to do another man¿s bidding. Or that she had to swallow her pride and take what she was given, even though she knew it wasn¿t fair. Our story is chock-full of things like this. Things that might make you cringe, or feel angry. But there are also parts that will make you proud, or even laugh a little. You gotta take the good with the bad, I guess. You have to know where you come from so you can move forward.¿The book begins with the establishment of American colonies, and ends with the election of Barak Obama as president. Nelson covers most of the important landmarks adding explanation and analysis in simple but penetrating terms, including explanations of how the Founding Fathers felt about slavery and how and why it was defended by the South. He mentions blacks who made significant contributions to politics and culture, and he talks about how blacks were treated even when they joined whites to fight for freedom and democracy in world wars. He gives just enough information on people and events to show that there is more to American history than is covered in the usual white history books, and to whet the reader¿s appetite for more. And Nelson¿s pictures, are, as always, inspirational.Evaluation: This well-written book also includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. It recently won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's category and the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults. Highly recommended for ages 9 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book went into great detail in showing the history of African Americans. I think it should be used in a classroom setting to inform students about what African Americans had to go through after coming to America. The pictures in the book allows the reader to visualize what the times were actually like back then. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to people of all ages. 
alexusM More than 1 year ago
This is a great chapter book with wonderful illustrations. This book would be great to share with students around middle school age during black history month. This book is great in showing students events that took place in history that has led to equal rights.
jeanettemarquez More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautiful book. The illustrations are breath taking. The story is of a race of people ,worked to death to line the pockets of those who claimed ownership of another human, and continued the practice for as long as they could. It is very embracing, powerful and a must read for all Americans who want to know the truth about America and the toll it took on the black man to this day. I think adults will enjoy it just as much as children.
MeghanM1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. It was one of the best illustrated books within the books that I reviewed. The author seemed to have really done his research before writing this amazing book. It would be a great lesson in the classroom to teach children about African Americans. It shows the inequality of the black man, and when explained and understood this is a very good book for children.
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Beautiful color illustrations with vivid, eye-catching, and detailed oriented drawings, sure to capture the reader's attention. * This was a well researched book. *The time line is a great resource and the story of the African American in America is rich and worth reading about. This is a great book to begin learning about African Americans and would be a great addition to any social studies school library for classroom use, or for students to learn during silent sustained reading time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. the illustrations are beautiful. The story of a race of people ,worked to death to line the pockets of those who claimed ownership of another human, and continued the practice for as long as they could. Powerful, beautiful, and a must to read for all Americans who want to know the truth about America and the toll it took on the black man to this day.......the idea of the black man as inferior has lasted to this day because of the negative input of our culture for so many years is still being felt today. Is it a book for children. Yes, when a parent takes the time to explain the truth it is relevant.