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Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807512044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807512043
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5–This attractive, accessible title uses the Lincoln Memorial as a vehicle to outline the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the Emancipation Proclamation to Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech to the 2008 presidential election. Other pivotal moments include world-renowned singer Marian Anderson's 1939 performance at the memorial when she was barred from singing at Constitution Hall. Slade explains in clear, descriptive prose how the memorial “was created from twenty-eight smaller pieces carved out of white marble.” Bootman's realistic watercolor spreads are striking; one of them features portraits of several accomplished African-Americans, including Toni Morrison, Mae Jemison, Colin Powell, and Oprah Winfrey. “Change. It happens slowly. One small step at a time,” is the refrain that echoes repeatedly along with the “Pitter-patter….Click, click, click….Clomp, clomp” of the children, women, and men who climb the steps of the iconic structure. An afterword asks youngsters, “Can you help make change happen?” and describes the steps taken by Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks. A time line that begins with Douglass's escape from slavery highlights some African-American “firsts.”Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY
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This handsome picture book outlines the history of the civil rights struggle and its leaders, beginning with Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the building of the marble statue in his honor that was unveiled in 1922. Slade moves on to spotlight the landmark events that have been held at the Lincoln Memorial, from Marian Anderson’s performance after she was not allowed to perform at Constitution Hall to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and finally, the visit there of President Obama and his family. The book’s title is a powerful metaphor, and the beautiful watercolor paintings feature stirring scenes of huge, mobilized crowds, as well as close-up portraits of inspiring leaders, including contemporary figures Toni Morrison, Mae Jameson, Oprah Winfrey, and Colin Powell. The back matter includes full-page portraits and brief biographies of trailblazers Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks, as well as a detailed time line. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denese Anderson on February 26, 2011
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This beautiful book begins with Abraham Lincoln and how he was instrumental in ending slavery. The book then goes on to talk about other famous African Americans and their contributions to the civil rights movement. Using the Lincoln Memorial as a consistent location, Suzanne Slade ties together Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama as some Americans who took steps towards change. Other African Americans pictured in the book are Toni Morrison, Mae Jemison, Arthur Ashe, Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Andrew Young, Sojourner Trugh, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks. On the last page, there is a timeline of important events in the civil rights movement. This beautifully written and illustrated picture book is a wonderful addition to elementary and middle school classrooms, libraries, and homes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather J McCarty on February 25, 2011
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Suzanne Slade's eloquent words come alive in this book that inspires us to make a difference. The book starts with Abraham Lincoln and continues on to describe famous African Americans that have helped mold America. This book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully thought out. It is a must own book for you and your children of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on October 1, 2010
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Since its completion and dedication in 1922, the enormous marble sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial building has drawn millions of visitors and served as the site of several major historical events. In particular, in 1939, African American opera singer Marian Anderson gave a mesmerizing performance on the Lincoln Memorial steps to an enormous live and radio audience after she was denied the right to sing in Constitution Hall. Almost 25 years later, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" on the monument's steps. Several decades after that rally, the nation's first African American president and his family paid a symbolic visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

Climbing Lincoln's Steps uses these events as the backdrop in chronicling the long progression in U.S. history, from slavery until the election of President Barack Obama, toward racial equality and social justice. The book makes a useful resource for parents and educators seeking a book that will give younger children an overview of the history of racial discrimination and the civil rights movement in the United States.
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More About the Author

Suzanne Buckingham Slade is the award-winning author of 100 books for children. A Mechanical Engineer by degree, Ms. Slade began her writing career almost twenty years ago. She lives near Chicago with her husband and two children. Learn more about the author at www.suzanneslade.com

Book awards:
THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT (Charlesbridge, 2012)
*a Junior Library Guild Selection
*a 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year

CLIMBING LINCOLN'S STEPS (Albert Whitman, 2010)
*2011 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
*2011 Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People
*Available in most Scholastic School Book Fairs

*2011 California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Honor Book
*2014 Illinois READS selection

*2011 Teachers' Choice Children's Book Award

*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List

*2011 Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Award

*2010 Blueberry Award Winner

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