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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
History comes alive with these short, detailed biographies of notable black men with a wide variety of careers and accomplishments.
Hard work and perseverance toward your goal can lead to success, even in the face of big obstacles, including systemic racism.
Positive Role Models
All the men profiled are positive role models. Each biography shows a different path toward -- and definition of -- success in the legend’s chosen field. There's a profile of writer James Baldwin, who was gay.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vashti Harrison’s Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History is an inspiring, informative collection of short biographies, paired with captivating illustrations. Covering fields as diverse as music, activism, poetry, sports, law, medicine, and more, each biography shows how the leader showed an interest in something at a young age, and with perseverance, left their mark on the world. Racism and slavery are mentioned with age-appropriate detail, ensuring that the reader understands the systemic problems each man faced. The legends Harrison writes about include a few famous black historical figures, such as Frederick Douglass and Thurgood Marshall, but has a much wider scope that includes lesser-known legends, such as Deputy Bass Reeves, cyclist Marshall “Major” Turner, choreographer Alvin Ailey, and more. Written with heart and filled with facts, Little Legends invites young readers to see how dreams can change the world.
Is It Any Good?
The gorgeous combination of inspiration, information, and illustrations makes this collection of biographies indispensable for readers young and old. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History weaves a story of hope, determination, and accomplishment across a wide variety of professions and interests; there’s something for everyone here. The detailed, inviting way author Vashti Harrison writes these biographies about little-known trailblazers reminds readers that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and entices them to learn more. And Harrison's appealing illustrations help draw readers in to the amazing stories.
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