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Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World Hardcover – July 1, 2006

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Grade 3-6–This companion volume to Chin-Lee's Amelia to Zora (Charlesbridge, 2005) has capsule biographies of 26 men–some famous, some lesser-known–representing ethnic diversity and a variety of professions. The entries, all one page, cover individuals as varied as Akira Kurosawa and Pelé. Each page includes brief biographical information and covers the subject's significant contributions in succinct, readable prose. A quote from each man is incorporated into the lovely mixed-media illustrations that grace every entry. Representing several categories of performing arts, writers and poets, architects, political leaders, doctors, and astronauts, the intriguing and informative text expands upon the general conception of what it means to be famous by focusing on what makes a difference in the world. The concluding bibliography leads readers to deeper works in both print and nonprint sources. A worthy purchase, both in informational and illustrative terms, this title provides a starting place for research on any of these figures as it demonstrates the importance of passion in work.–Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
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Gr. 3-5. In a companion to Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World (2005), this fine collective biography celebrates 26 famous men from the arts, the sciences, sports, and politics, with special emphasis on peacemakers, including Mohandas (Gandhi) and Nelson (Mandela). Each one-page celebration includes a brief, eloquent profile; a quote from the subject; and a mixed-media illustration (for Langston Hughes, a photo of the poet is set against the illustrators' dark, glowing rendering of a Harlem neighborhood). It is not clear why Chin-Lee uses given names rather than her subjects' more familiar surnames; however, the profiles are clearly, even eloquently written, and include just the right amount of detail and information about work and ethics for the target audience. Chin-Lee's rich diversity of subjects, from Diego (Rivera) and Greg (Louganis) to Octavio (Paz) and Vine (Deloria), makes a statement on its own. Of course, readers will want more, and the bibliography is a good place to begin research. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570915792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570915796
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World is combination picturebook, alphabet book, and biography for young readers. Each page corresponds to the name of a different man whose dedication left an indissoluble mark on history. A thumbnail biography, color illustration of each individual, and a notable quote outline the contributions of Cesar Estrada Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; soccer superstar Pele; builder of dreams Walt Disney; and many more. A wonderful international cross-section of visionary, trailblazing, and role models among men, especially recommended for young boys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gwynn on January 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Interesting facts and nice to look at. 8 and under will enjoy this book.
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Great for 5th grade readers. Succinct and cogent yet approachable for children. Memorable story telling.
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By Julie Brito on February 21, 2015
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Great introduction to spark interest in young learners
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An A to Z of totalitarian leftists. Splendid. There is no socialist so despicable that we can't hold him up to the youth of tomorrow an an exemplar of how to serve the state.

With the possible -- POSSIBLE -- exceptions of Ellison Shoji Onizuka, astronaut and Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, this book reeks of anti-human despotism.

Top it all off with the author's sickening comment: "I also asked myself whether the world needed another book about men." Nice.
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