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Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington Hardcover – December 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316086576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316086578
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Booker T. Washington is often attacked for compromising with, rather than attacking, the political establishment, but in this handsome picture-book biography, the focus is on an amazing achievement in his youth, when he walked 500 miles from his West Virginia home “without a single penny in his pocket” to make it to school. Asim tells the story in spare free verse, beginning with Washington as a slave boy whose dream was to learn to read. Even when freedom comes, life is brutally hard: “he shoveled, hauled and packed,” working in a salt furnace and a coal mine. Collier’s dramatic, unframed illustrations in watercolor and collage include the unforgettable image of the young Washington staring through a window at white kids in the classroom. Then there is Washington’s journey; tired, hungry, and alone, he was always struggling to get to school. The climax is a close-up portrait of the adult Washington seated in a classroom with books, dreaming of sharing what his teachers have given him. Extensive back matter includes additional facts, a chronology, and a discussion about his enduring legacy. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman

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A School Library Journal 2012 Editor's Choice List

A Kirkus Best Children's Books List Selection

A Fall 2012 Parent's Choice Silver Award Winner

An NAACP Image Award Nominee

A 2013 CCBC Choices list selection


Praise for Fifty Cents and a Dream

*"Asim's lyrical text transforms the journey into a spiritual awakening for a young man who had 'a dream in his soul.' Collier is in brilliant Caldecott Honor style, using his signature watercolor paintings and cut-paper collage to incorporate elements from Booker's life and visions into each illustration...An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note."—Kirkus (starred review)

* "Collier's patterned and textured watercolor and paper collage paintings perfectly mirror the narrative...An inspirational life, memorably presented."
School Library Journal (starred review)

* "Collier's (Dave the Potter) sophisticated design elements will have readers revisiting his extraordinary collages...Asim's (Boy of Mine) lyrical narrative is succinct yet illustrative, and, combined with the artwork, makes an impressive addition to any biography collection."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Booker T. Washington is often attacked for compromising with, rather than attacking, the political establishment, but in this handsome picture-book biography, the focus is on an amazing achievement in his youth, when he walked 500 miles from his West Virginia home 'without a single penny in his pocket' to make it to school."
Booklist

"Everything about the bookmaking here-from the carefully chosen typography to the look of parchment paper to the endpapers taken from Webster's American Spelling Book-reverberates with the importance of books and learning."—The Horn Book

"Remarkable...[a] triumph in picture book design...told with poetic and soulful candor."—New York Times Book Review

More About the Author

JABARI ASIM is the acclaimed author of What Obama Means . . . For Our Politics, Our Culture, Our Future as well as the author of the highly praised and controversial The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, And Why.

He is the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He spent 11 years at the Washington Post, where he served as deputy editor of the book review section. For three years he also wrote a syndicated column on political and social issues for the Post.

In April 2009, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded him a fellowship in nonfiction, one of 180 fellowships awarded to artists, scientists and scholars in 2009 selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

He is a frequent public speaker and commentator who has appeared on "The Today Show," "The Colbert Report," "Hannity & Colmes," "The Tavis Smiley Show," "The Diane Rehm Show" and countless other programs. He has lectured at many of the nation's finest universities, including Seton Hall University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University and the University of Florida. He is an associate professor of creative writing at Emerson College.

His first work of fiction for adults, A Taste of Honey, was published in April 2010. The Road To Freedom, his first novel for young readers, was published in 2000. His other children's books include Whose Toes Are Those, Whose Knees Are These, Daddy Goes to Work, and The Road to Freedom. His children's books, Boy Of Mine and Girl Of Mine, were published in April 2010. Fifty Cents And A Dream, a new book for children, will be published in December.

Jabari Asim lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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This is an amazing story by Jabari Asim and has been beautifully illustrated by Bryan Collier.
D. Blankenship
They are incredibly detailed and include so much symbolism that extends the story being told by the text.
Sarah
I would recommend this to anyone interested in history and introducing young children to history.
nicholl

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on December 13, 2012
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I expected this book to be great, given that it was illustrated by Bryan Collier, but even so it far exceeded my initial expectations! The text is beautifully written and inspiring. The illustrations were created using a watercolor collage technique. They are incredibly detailed and include so much symbolism that extends the story being told by the text. I know that my fourth grade students will enjoy hearing about the life of Booker T. Washington and learning about his incredible journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nicholl on January 13, 2013
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I loved this book. I thought it was well written and the illustrations are beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone interested in history and introducing young children to history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 11, 2012
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love this book/illustrations and would recommend anyone buy it for kids or school library! Fantastic investment and learning tool for you children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O. Snow on March 10, 2014
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This is an amazing book. A boy, born into slavery, was eager to read, write and study. He walked 500 miles to Hampton-Institute. With his hard work, he graduated with honors. He was the first African American to receive an honorary degree from Harvard university. His autography "Up from Slavery" became a best seller. His 59 years of life were a full of courage, dreams and challenges. He used the time God gave him wisely. I was amazed by Booker T. Washington. I recommend this book to everyone.
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Years and years ago, back in the early 1950s I read a short article in a small publication provided to public schools - "The Weekly Reader." This small article spoke of Booker T. Washington and his accomplishments. I remember quite distinctly that the article jumped from the pages of this reader because seldom, if ever, did this publication contain articles or stories about black people. It was simply how things were at that time, unfortunately. This fascinated me.

As chance would have it out small school had a large set of books (They all had blue covers) which covered the early lives of famous people; famous men and women and how they lived as children. This also was odd because our little school did not have all that many books. I eventually read each and every one of them, multiple times. One of those books covered the early life of this exceptional man. I read it...I was hooked. Talk about an inspiration.

The book being reviewed here is at a much lower reading level that the original biography I read but that is a good thing as our children need to start learning of our history at a much younger age than in the past. This work fits in very nicely and I must say that like my book of old, it is truly inspirational.

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery. Right from the beginning the ability to read and write; the learning process of doing so, became a driving force in his life; a force which would last a life time. Booker T. made a journey of over 500 miles, heading north, to seek an education. When he reached his destination he had fifty cents in his pock. Be was a black man in a world that was not overly friendly to people of his skin color.

Despite the hardships and road blocks Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on May 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of how Booker T. Washington started as a slave and walked his way to the university. The story was simple and easy to understand. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I did not like the illustrations, I thought they were rather dark and not to my liking. The book describes the illustrations as being done in watercolor. I am sure there was much work put into them but they did not help the story. I think simpler pictures or even some photos would have been better. I would recommend this book for middle elementary who are interested in the life of Booker T. Washington.
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