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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Explores significant events in American history, from the transatlantic slavery trade of 1518, to the Black Lives Matter movement of present day. This book of nonfiction takes a developmentally appropriate approach to detail the sequence of events that led to the present day treatment of Black people in teh United States, while intertwining the principles of Kwanzaa with these historical events. Shows prominent and influential leaders in Black history.
Unity can be built out of a common struggle. It's possible to create a new story of strength and overcome hate. The impossible is possible when you create a community and spirit of resiliency.
Positive Role Models
Many positive representations of influential leaders and everyday heroes from Black history. Multiple examples of resiliency are present in the book.
There are multiple representations of figures throughout Black history of different ages, genders, colors, and abilities. The important commonality through the principles of Kwanza -- unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith -- is repeatedly expressed.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence against African Americans is described throughout the book. Some of the violence described includes the initial capture from Africa in ropes, violence done by those with whips and guns, lynchings, and destruction of African American homes and businesses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The People Remember, which won a 2022 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, recalls the history of African descendants in America, from the slavery trade to present day, while connecting major historical events to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The story is brought to life by New York Times bestselling author, Ibi Zoboi, and acclaimed illustrator Loveis Wise. The picture book tracks the rich yet often violence-riddled, history of African descendants over the past 500 years, and highlights a spirit of resiliency and community. This spirit takes shape in the form of respect and celebration in Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a time to be with family and honor African ancestors.
Is It Any Good?
Author Ibi Zoboi expertly takes readers through the heart-wrenching and spiritual journey of African descendants in America in this emotional book. The experience of reading The People Remember is both saddening and hopeful. Readers are drawn in to the 30-page story with bright, rich, dynamic illustrations. This is a must-read for audiences young and old to better understand the course of history for African descendants in America. We can't know where we're going without knowing how we got here.
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