BLACK HEROES OF THE WILD WEST by Ruth Pelz

BLACK HEROES OF THE WILD WEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A teacher joins with a first-time illustrator to present brief biographies of African American pioneers. The profiles include Estevan, Du Sable, and Beckwourth together with less familiar figures: George Washington Bush, Clara Brown, Biddy Mason, Mifflin Gibbs, Mary Fields, Bill Pickett. For each, introductory paragraphs delineate one important episode, followed by a summary of the main events in the subject's life. Despite attempts to enliven her narrative with invented dialogue, Pelz's style is fiat, choppy, and pedantic. A worthy effort marred by the inability of either writer or illustrator to bring the heroes to life. Bibliography, with most titles from the 60's and 70's.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1990
Page count: 57pp
Publisher: Open Hand