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Our Children Can Soar : A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change
by Michelle Cook and Marian Wright Edelman and Cozbi A. Cabrera and R. Gregory Christie


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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.  Read more...


 
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More About Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook; Marian Wright Edelman; Cozbi A. Cabrera; R. Gregory Christie
 
 
 
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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781599904184
  • ISBN-10: 1599904187
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.06 x 9.44 x 0.39 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.97 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/20th Century
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/21st Century
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 49.
  • Review Date: 2009-04-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

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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