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The Candlewick Biographies series presents "portraits of people making history and shaping the future." Illustrated with beautiful full-color pictures, each book focuses on a turning point or defining moment in the life of an important individual in history, the sciences, or the world of art.
38 pages, indexed, softcover. Ages 8-12.
Number of Pages: 33
Vendor: Candlewick Press
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Series: Candlewick Biographies
Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove WalkerKathryn LaskyCandlewick Press / Trade Paperback$4.49 Retail:
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What Color Is My World?: How African-American Inventors Have Changed the Way We LiveKareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond ObstfeldCandlewick Press / 2012 / Hardcover$13.49 Retail:
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Phillis Wheatley Galatians 3:28 (KJV) Bulletins, 100Warner Press / 2017 / Other$6.49 Retail:
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"We’ll call her Phillis."
In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she’d had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.
But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.
Paul Lee is a painter and freelance illustrator. He has illustrated the acclaimed AMISTAD RISING by Veronica Chambers, and THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Joy Harjo. While working on A VOICE OF HER OWN, Paul Lee had to do considerable research to make sure the illustrations were historically accurate - research that even entailed renting costumes from a local opera house.
—Washington Post Book World
Lasky shows how Wheatley's struggle for personal identity and respect paralleled the prevailing political talk of freedom and revolution. Lee's carefully researched paintings give a vivid picture of colonial Boston through the eyes of an extraordinary woman.
—San Francisco Chronicle
In this moving picture book, biographer Kathryn Lasky traces important themes in Phillis's poetry while noting the terrible way slavery rendered so many voiceless.
Lasky shows not only the facts of Wheatley's life but also the pain of being an accomplished black woman in a segregated world.