A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Each day presents a solid, concise profile of an essential and in some cases overlooked historical figure and event.
The primary goal of 28 Days is to expose children to a world of African-American heroes and a history filled with struggle and triumph.
Positive Role Models
Towering figures such as Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and Jesse Owens are presented alongside unsung but equally important trailblazers such as Robert Smalls, the first African-American captain of an American ship; Henry Johnson, World War I hero; and Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot. All these incredible individuals overcame countless barriers, paving the way for future generations of African-Americans.
Violence & Scariness
Private Henry Johnson's harrowing tale of survival on the front lines of WWI contains a description of an intense battle, including men "hit with grenades, stabbed, and shot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World, is a stylized, kid-friendly introduction to the people and events that have shaped African-American history. The brightly illustrated picture book uses quotes, poems, and brief synopses to present 28 pivotal episodes, one for each day of Black History Month.
Is It Any Good?
Though it's great to see many obscure legends receiving their proper place in history, these profiles leave a bit to be desired. The summaries are mostly solid and hopefully will inspire further research, but there isn't really enough information to provide the context necessary to understand such a broad stretch of overlapping and intertwined histories. And even young readers will be left wondering why the rhyme and rhythm of the poetry are inconsistent and uneven.
The bright illustrations help humanize the characters, but it's tough to look past the clunky writing, even if the point is shedding light on these often underrepresented pieces of the American puzzle.
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