Search Results: "Carole Boston Weatherford"


BOOK REVIEW

A NEGRO LEAGUE SCRAPBOOK by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2005

"One doesn't need to be a baseball fan to be fascinated. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
In 1887, team owners decreed that African-Americans were barred from the Major Leagues. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"There is no happy ending, but rather a bittersweet recognition that wrongs cannot always be made right. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In 1955, African-Americans were playing in the major leagues, but much of America remained segregated. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

Weatherford's compressed poetic homage to Coltrane's early influences relays biographical details through metaphors evoking sound: "Before John was a jazz giant, / he heard Grandpa's Sunday sermons, / Mama playing hymns for the senior choir, / and the scoutmaster's call to join a band." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Included are brief biographies of each luminary. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
The Beatitudes serve as a backdrop to African-American history from enslavement to the present day. Read full book review >

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LEONTYNE PRICE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Weatherford and Colón's beautiful book does children a service by giving them one more African-American performer to applaud. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Rising from the Mississippi Delta to the stages of the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, Price had a groundbreaking operatic career. Read full book review >

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SUGAR HILL by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A fine tribute to the local color of Sugar Hill, who have made America a better and more interesting country for almost a century. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Weatherford's poetic, swinging textual rhythms meet Christie's artistic razzmatazz to create one hot picture book. Read full book review >

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DEAR MR. ROSENWALD by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Accomplished yet accessible, this is an important book for every library. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Set in the rural south in the early 1920s, this terrific picture book uses evocative free verse to describe the building of a school for black children using seed money from Julius Rosenwald, the Sears catalog magnate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This is a collection for every library, offering all readers a bridge toward understanding and acceptance. (author's note) (Poetry. 9-18)"
Some define poetry as the distillation of complex themes into specific images. Read full book review >

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BIRMINGHAM, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It's a gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Exquisitely understated design lends visual potency to a searing poetic evocation of the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. Read full book review >

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SCHOMBURG by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 9-12)"
An eccentric, smart, and quirky bibliophile, Arturo Schomburg fueled his life with books. Read full book review >