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Tell All the Children Our Story - Tonya Bolden

Tell All the Children Our Story

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2002
ISBN: 9780810944961
Number Of Pages: 128
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old

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The book covers a range of lifestyles, social classes, attitudes and perceptions. Both unknown and celebrated children are included: those who are known only from slave trade advertisements or brief mention in diaries to those children who grew up to make history, such as Frederick Douglass, Booker Washington, Charles Johnson, and basketball legends Paula and Pamela McGee.

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Bolden (Rock of Ages, 2001, etc.) presents an overview about what life has been like through the years for African-American children in the US. Covering the entire span of time from the Jamestown colony to the end of the 20th century, this is a stirring narrative that broadly summarizes conditions over these hundreds of years while dipping into details to engage and connect readers. The design, which uses a specific type for quoting actual individuals, makes the juxtaposition of such things as photographs, paintings, and notices much clearer. The heart is in these quotes from primary sources. As "Papa Dallas" tells his daughter how he lost his sight as a child for daring to learn his alphabet, he says, "Don't you cry for me now, daughter. . . . Promise me that you gonna pick up every book you can and you gonna read it from cover to cover. . . . And one more thing, I want you to promise me that you gonna tell all the children my story." The cumulative effect of hearing such heartfelt words from those who are little known along with others such as Paul Robeson, Gordon Park, and Dorothy West is a powerful one. With notes, bibliography, and an excellent suggested reading list, this will serve both browsers and researchers. Valuable and impressive. (Nonfiction. 8+) (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780810944961
ISBN-10: 0810944960
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
For Grades: 5 - 8
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Abrams
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.06 x 22.56  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1