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Archive for the ‘Coretta Scott King Award’ Category

Flournoy, V. (1985). The patchwork quilt. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.
In The Patchwork Quilt, Flournoy treats the reader to a beautiful story with many layers.  Tanya learns how to assemble a quilt from her grandmother and Tanya’s mother realized the importance of the project after originally scoffing at it.

My grade:  A+
It is no wonder this book won the Coretta Scott King Award.  I love the layers – on one hand it is about a young girl connecting with her grandmother, on the other it is about valuing our elders.  I particularly liked this story because my great-grandmother was an avid quilter.  I spent my afternoons after kindergarten with her and played under her huge quilt frame.  This book brought back delightful memories.

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Curtis, C. P. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
He’s Bud, not Buddy.  The main character in this story by Curtis corrects his name throughout the book.  This story follows Bud from orphanage, to foster home, to his time on the road and finally to the home of Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!  Curtis gives readers a look at America during the Great Depression while the story of Bud’s search for his father unfolds.

My grade:  A+
I really enjoy books that take you through a range of emotions and Bud, not Buddy does just that.  Bud will have you laughing out loud and then sniffing back tears.  This book is really a must read.

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Mitchell, M. K. (1993). Uncle Jed’s barbershop. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Set in the early 20th century and Great Depression-era, the book gives a glimpse of life for African Americans in the rural South.  Mitchell was born and raised in Mississippi, which gives her an authentic voice for this story.  The story contains themes of sacrifice for family and perseverance to realize a dream.

My grade:  A

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Nelson, V. M. (2009). Bad news for outlaws. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Bad News for Outlaws is a biography about Bass Reeves, a former slave who becomes a deputy U.S. marshal during the 1870s.  Nelson packs a great deal into a short picture book.  The story is not only a biography, but also a glimpse of history and the injustice of slavery.
Nelson sums up the importance of telling this story in her note at the end of the story when she discusses playing cowboys as a child.  “Many of the western heroes we idolized as children were fictional characters, dramatized by Hollywood.  But Bass Reeves was real.  How difference my childhood view of myself might have been if, when choosing who got the best parts, we’d fought over who got to play Bass Reeves.”

My grade:  A+
I particularly enjoyed reading this book because I had never heard Bass Reeves story.

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San Souci, R. D. (1992). Sukey and the mermaid. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company.
Sukey lives on a small island off the coast of South Carolina with her mother and step-father.  This tale reminds me of the evil step-mother stories that we find in many fairy tales.  Sukey triumphs over her evil step-father with the help of the supernaturnal, which takes the form of Mama Jo the mermaid.   San Souci provides a note after the story which explains where he found the folktale on which he based this story.

My grade:  A
I would love to hear a great storyteller perform this story.  I can see how perfectly it lends itself to a live performance.  Pinkney’s illustrations are also really beautiful; he captures movement incredibly well.

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