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Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Press: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 8, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-1
ISBN:9780547906041
Author Name:Pinkney, Andrea Davis; Alcorn, Stephen;
Pages:107
Language:English

Content

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. 
Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad.
Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives.The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening.
Andrea Davis Pinkney's moving text and Stephen Alcorn's glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations.
Includes biographies of Sojournor Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B.Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Engaging text and glorious art are combined in this collection of sketches celebrating the contributions of 10 women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. 
Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement and their influence on her, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically, from Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm, in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' spirit and personalities amid biographical highlights.
Blending straightforward narrative with a lively storytelling style, the author balances the hardships and racial injustice that these women faced against their faith, strength of character, and determination.
They include Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Rosa Parks, as well as Biddy Mason, Ida B.
Wells-Barnett, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
The book includes many quotes, incidents, and details that lead readers down their personal paths to historical recognition.
However, it is Alcorn's vibrant, inspired oil paintings that make this book a standout.
A full-page stylized portrait appears opposite the first page of each story; it is filled with symbolic details that are elucidated in the text.
A brilliant example is a larger-than-life Harriet Tubman balanced on one knee over a railroad track with arms diagonally outstretched, bridgelike, as tiny travelers make their way up the steep height toward the freedom star.
Smaller paintings appear within the stories, carrying the message further.
Line, color, and canvas texture give the pictures depth and dynamism, vastly enriching the reading experience.
This excellent collection is a must for every library.Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Gr. 
5-8, younger for reading aloud.
In informal, conversational style, this lively collective biography tells of 10 extraordinary black women.
From Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm, this is also a view of African American history through individual lives.
The chapter on Rosa Parks is excellent, showing her not as a sweet, innocent, "tired" little thing but as a strong political activist and NAACP member who knew exactly what her refusal meant.
There are also some lesser-known heroes who fought against racism and sexism for the right to be heard.
There's no criticism of any of them, no mistakes; the tone is inspirational.
Pinkney includes a long bibliography, but no source notes.
Stephen Alcorn's allegorical oil portraits are dramatic and beautiful, with swirling, rhythmic curves that connect the bending sharecropper with the rolling earth and shining light.
The immediacy of the text and the spacious design of the large volume make this a natural for reading aloud.
Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

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Review

 "Pinkney (Silent Thunder) presents eloquent portraits of 10 intrepid African-American activists for the causes of abolition, women's rights and civil rights. 
Exploring these individuals' childhoods as well as their accomplishments as adults, the author smoothly distills biographical information so as to hold the attention of young readers.
Her selection of subjects includes the prominent (Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm) as well as such lesser-knowns as Fannie Lou Hamer, an indefatigable campaigner for African-Americans' right to vote.
Pinkney's writing is spiced with colloquialisms ("She didn't shy back for nobody," she says of Sojourner Truth) and useful imagery (describing this same crusader's delivery of her renowned "Ain't I a woman?" speech, the author notes, "She was the only black woman in the place, and when she stepped to the pulpit, some folks looked at her like she was a stain on their purest linens").
Featuring creatively skewed perspective and proportion, Alcorn's (I, Too, Sing America) oil paintings offer allegorical interpretations of his subjects' lives." Publishers Weekly "Engaging text and glorious art are combined in this collection of sketches celebrating the contributions of 10 women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America.
Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement and their influence on her, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically, from Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm, in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' spirit and personalities amid biographical highlights.
Blending straightforward narrative with a lively storytelling style, the author balances the hardships and racial injustice that these women faced against their faith, strength of character, and determination.
They include Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Rosa Parks, as well as Biddy Mason, Ida B.
Wells-Barnett, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
The book includes many quotes, incidents, and details that lead readers down their personal paths to historical recognition.
However, it is Alcorn's vibrant, inspired oil paintings that make this book a standout.
A full-page stylized portrait appears opposite the first page of each story; it is filled with symbolic details that are elucidated in the text.
A brilliant example is a larger-than-life Harriet Tubman balanced on one knee over a railroad track with arms diagonally outstretched, bridgelike, as tiny travelers make their way up the steep height toward the freedom star.
Smaller paintings appear within the stories, carrying the message further.
Line, color, and canvas texture give the pictures depth and dynamism, vastly enriching the reading experience.
This excellent collection is a must for every library." School Library Journal

About the Author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of numerous award-winning picture book biographies. 
A former editor at Essence Magazine who now edits children's books, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.Stephen Alcorn is an acclaimed painter and printmaker who has created artwork for a number of anthologies.
He lives in Cambridge, New York.

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Children's Books,Biographies,Political,Women,Multicultural

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Comment List (Total:10)

  •     A good book.

  •     I woul reccomend this book to parents and Teachers an easy read and it has some very important women in the book

  •     What do Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune and Shirley Chisholm all have in common? They're three of the ten extraordinary African American freedom fighters in Andrea Davis...

  •     This is a great book for both kids and adults. Its an easy to read book that really captures the sense/feel of what these great African American women experienced. The information in this book really stayed with me moreso than other books i've read on these same women. I first learned of this book when my 5th grade daughter bought it home from the school library. I was quite impressed that her school carried this great book.

  •     This collection of biographies is masterfully written and illustrated for middle grade or advanced lower grade readers. Each story tells about a dynamic woman who was instrumental in gaining freedom from slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, or sexism. From the most recognizable women like Sojourner Truth to the more obscure Freedom Fighters like Biddy Mason, "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women" presents in detail the challenges and successes of ten women. Andrea Davis Pickney again delivers a great read with clarity and a hefty dose of pride. Buy the book for your home library.

  •     I love the way the author gives us a vivid illustration into the history of these women. Reading about the women is like gleaning a glimpse into each of their personalities. I'm sad to not have known them, but happy to have read about their lives. I also appreciated the author's background to know what her upbringing was and the legacy given to her by her parents.I didn't particularly like the illustrations, but it's nice to have them there, to see the women from another's viewpoint.

  •     What a wonderful book about female heroes in African-American history! Not just dry facts, but told from an intimate perspective with the author's feelings about the characters shining through. An example: I've read many stories about Harriet Tubman and a couple biographies too, but Let It Shine showed her to be a real person, a person of bravery, a person with backbone, a person with a caring heart--more so than any other reading I'd experienced. This is a children's/young adult's collection, so it does not dwell on the warts that all humans have, but it exalts in what makes the characters stand out as examples to follow.

  •     Great book.

  •     Cute but too small

  •     "Let It Shine: The Stories of Ten Black Women Freedom Fighters" is an amazing, entertaining, and educational journey back through time for both children and adults...

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