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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.
|Title: A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet|
By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated By: Paul Lee
Number of Pages: 33
Vendor: Candlewick Press
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
|Weight: 5 ounces|
Series: Candlewick Biographies
Stock No: WW660918
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In 1761, a young 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, shed had everything taken from her-her family, her name, and her language. But Phillis had a passion to learn. 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.
Back matter includes an authors note, an illustrators note, sources, and an index.
—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.