Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, winner of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award, is an inspiring nonfiction book that profiles famous and less well-known figures in American history, from colonial times to the present, including Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barack Obama. Tough issues -- slavery, prejudice, discrimination, the Ku Klux Klan -- are dealt with in terms kids can understand. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney has a lyrical, conversational writing style and fills her essays with kid-friendly anecdotes, and also contributes several moving poems. Full-color portraits and spot art are by her husband, Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney. A time line at the back charts significant dates from 1731 to Obama's first inauguration in 2009.
What's the story?
HAND IN HAND profiles 10 significant men in African-American history, giving detailed accounts of their childhoods, the forces that shaped them, and the eras in which they lived -- from the time of slavery to the presidency of Barack Obama. Full-color portraits and spot illustrations by Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King award-wining artist Brian Pinkney give vivid and inspiring impressions of historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as more recent heroes Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barack Obama.
Is it any good?
Hand in Hand is a compelling work of history and biography and a monument to the struggle for civil rights and African American achievement. Yet Andrea David Pinkney keeps young readers engaged and entertained by telling revealing anecdotes and choosing down-to-earth metaphors that make these figures seem like ordinary people who did extraordinary things. For example, she writes that when opposing team members called Jackie Robinson " a degrading name ... he smacked the pitcher's ball with his baseball bat harder than hard -- knocked the jelly out of that doughnut ..."
It's good that her storytelling is so captivating, because the book is text-heavy, with many consecutive two-page spreads with nothing but type on them (though the type is fairly large) before the eye is relieved to find a piece of Brian Pinkney's amazing watercolor-and-ink art. Hand to Hand is a wonderful resource for home or classroom, great for read-aloud, family discussion, or school research projects.
Families can talk about...
How many of the 10 men profiled did you already know about? In what ways are these stories more lively than history in school textbooks?
Can you think of 10 black women who changed America? What do you think qualifies someone as a person who changed history?
Which of the men in the book thought of doing great things when they were a kid?
|Author:||Andrea Davis Pinkney|
|Topics:||Great boy role models, History, Misfits and underdogs|
|Publisher:||Hyperion Book CH|
|Publication date:||October 23, 2012|
|Number of pages:||256|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||9 - 14|
|Available on:||Hardback, Kindle, Nook|
|Award:||Coretta Scott King Medal and Honors|