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Readers learn about the life of legendary author, Zora Neal Hurston, and how she was inspired to break boundaries and become a storycatcher and storyteller. The are also mentions of other famous authors and poets, such as Arna Bontemps, Fannie Hurst, and Langston Hughes.
There are powerful stories and life lessons all around us, we just have to listen. Life is an adventure, you will hear stories and write you own story along the way. Don't be afraid to jump at the sun and chase your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Curiosity, passion, talent, and a love of adventure are positive qualities that Zora shows throughout the book. Despite a difficult upbringing, she never lost sight of her dreams.
The focus of the book is the great African American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The book's illustrations show people of different ages, races, and skin tones in the American South and in New York during the Harlem Renaissance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston is a picture book biography of the acclaimed American author known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, among others. Written with a Southern twang, this colorful picture book walks readers through Zora Neale Hurston's life as a young girl and her journey to becoming a famous writer. Speech bubbles on several pages reveal parts of folk tales, which is like reading a story within the story. Themes of the book include the importance of being curious about the world around you and following your dreams.
Is It Any Good?
Zora Neale Hurston is known for her incredible books, and now this beautifully illustrated picture book shares her inspiring life story with young readers. Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston is filled with bright images. Illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara includes many hidden details and bold colors on each page. The book is a little long for young readers, and some may find the Southern twang to be somewhat confusing. But it's a sweet reminder that no dream is too big, and anyone can reach the sun.
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