Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
Illustrated By: Floyd Cooper
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation  -     By: Pat Sherman
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Title: Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
By: Pat Sherman
Illustrated By: Floyd Cooper
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Weight: 5 ounces
ISBN: 0802855415
ISBN-13: 9780802855411
Stock No: WW855411

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS

Arkansas State LibraryArkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Reading List (2012-2013)
Simon Wiesenthal Center / Museum of ToleranceOnce Upon a World Children's Picture Book Award (2011)
Society of Illustrators"The Original Art" annual exhibition

Ben, a young slave, uses every chance he gets to teach himself to read, practicing with the words he sees on street signs and in shop windows and even in cast-off newspapers he finds in the gutter.

But after the Civil War breaks out, his master leaves town and Ben finds himself in a slave prison. One night, the prisoners bribe a guard to get their hands on a newspaper, and to the applause of his fellow slaves, Ben reads aloud the momentous news of Mr. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation — surely one of the most remarkable readings of that document ever.

Based on the true story of Benjamin Holmes, Pat Sherman's stirring text and the memorable illustrations of Coretta Scott King medalist Floyd Cooper pay tribute to the power of freedom — and to the power of the written word.

Author Bio

Pat Sherman works as a writer, library professional, andwriting instructor in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Herprevious books include The Sun's Daughter,illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Clarion), and severalnonfiction books for young people on historical subjectsranging from colonial America to the present day.
Floyd Cooper has won many prestigious awards for hisillustration, including the 2009 Coretta Scott KingIllustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry,written by Joyce Carol Thomas (Amistad), plus threeprevious Coretta Scott King Honors, a Da Vinci Award, andan NAACP Image Honor. Among the more than eighty books hehas illustrated are Mississippi Morning by RuthVander Zee (Eerdmans) and Meet Danitra Brown byNikki Grimes (HarperCollins). Floyd lives in Pennsylvania.Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.

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