From School Library Journal
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 RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved