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Educates children on the history of African American struggles and triumphs from slavery through the civil rights movement. Children learn how and why enslaved workers were brought to America, how the institution helped build the country's wealth, and how throughout America's history the contributions of African Americans often have represented a turning point in America's success.
African American history is about overcoming hardship. Learning about it helps instill in children the importance of social and economic justice, and offers lessons about perseverance that can be applicable in many areas of life. The book also highlights the positive contributions of African Americans that are often left out of the history books.
Focuses on the history of African Americans from the time of slavery through the civil rights movement, noting significant people and achievements, highlighting the positive, often overlooked contributions of African Americans.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of violence -- whippings, beatings, lynchings, people being assassinated -- but these acts are not explicitly described.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, by award-winning author-illustrator Nelson Kadir, is an in-depth picture book that brings up the important topics of slavery, Jim Crow laws, gender and racial inequality, and economic disadvantage throughout the history of America, with a keen focus on African American history. Children will better understand the economic benefits as well as the harsh realities of slavery and see the evolution of America's relationship with its African American citizens. It will spark questions and discussion regarding many topics still relevant today.
Is It Any Good?
Author-illustrator Kadir Nelson weaves a compelling, complex, and deeply personal historical account of the Black American experience in this gorgeous book. He creates an epic narrative that shows the birth of a nation juxtaposed against the history of a people who were as responsible for supporting it as anyone else. His compelling first-person perspective combined with his absolutely stunning illustrations makes Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans a must-have for any family's library. It will bring up questions of race, history, and the complexities of American society -- and that's a good thing.
Kids will enjoy the easy storytelling, and parents will appreciate how comprehensive it is, yet age appropriate.
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