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My America Hardcover – May 22, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060791047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060791049
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This unusual tribute celebrates America's diversity in its landscapes, both urban and rural, its wildlife, but most of all its people: "We hail from every shore." The text is a poem by Gilchrist, 13 lines in three stanzas. Both Bryan and Gilchrist illustrate the poem in alternating spreads: his signature color swirls work in tandem with her muted, blue-toned tableaux and faces. Teachers will appreciate the layered message of the poem: that it's our differences that make America one. The words have the potential for choral reading or dramatization, especially since each line of verse is a question directed to the reader: "Have you seen my country? / Seen my magic skies? / Seen my mighty waters? / Have you seen my land?" The full poem is printed on the last page. Julie Cummins
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About the Author

Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

Ashley Bryan's numerous awards and honors include the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration, six Coretta Scott King Honors, the Arbuthnot Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He illustrated The Story of the Three Kingdoms by Walter Dean Myers, A Nest Full of Stars by James Berry, and How God Fix Jonah by Lorenz Graham. He also wrote and illustrated Beautiful Blackbird and All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. Mr. Bryan studied at Cooper Union in New York City and earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University. He lives in Isleford, Maine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kemie Nix on November 26, 2007
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The poet asks a series of questions of the reader, drawing attention to different, worthy aspects of America. These questions, all starting with the words, "Have you seen..." round out into a lovely poem that is an exploration of the beauty of our country and diversity of our people.

The two artists combine in an unusual pictorial duet painting alternating double-page spreads. For example, for the line asking, "Seen my beasts and fowl?" Ashley Bryan has a double-page spread illustrating one word, "beasts." For this one powerful word, he paints a series of arches rising up the illustration. He fills these arches with various, cheerful, stylized animals in bright hues. Children will enjoy identifying the animals. On the next spread, Jan Spivey Gilchrist paints an evocative watercolor of wild geese flying in formation across a full moon. Two very different, distinctive styles meld into one beautiful whole picture book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 22, 2012
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This is great for any study of immigration or coming to America or "the great American melting pot," as Schoolhouse Rock calls it.

Have you seen...? the poem asks, and shows the beauty of America and the faces of our people. Wonderful book, easy to read, easy for kids to relate to. Bigger kids can try their hand at a similar style of poem and their own illustrations.
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