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"Qualls' terrific mixed-media art...enlivens every page." Booklist Feb 1 2008 Booklist, ALA

"A powerful introduction to the first published African-American poet." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews

"Qualls' fresh and distinctive acrylic and collage illustrations...imbue [Phillis] with a prim grace and serene beauty." Bulletin, May 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor award for his illustrations in Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, and has published many other acclaimed books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. Visit his website at www.seanqualls.com.


Catherine Clinton earned her undergraduate degree in Afro-American studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in history from Princeton. She is the author of many historical works for children and adults, and has taught African American Studies at Brandeis University, Brown University, Harvard University, and Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland . Dr. Clinton lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she's Denman Professor of American History at the University of Texas San Antonio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618737391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618737390
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A biography, perfect for third graders, which tells the story of a young African girl who was captured into slavery and sold to the Wheatley family in Boston. The Wheatley's children, undoubtedly with their parent's permission, shared education lessons with Phillis, who loved to read and write poetry. Phillis recited her poetry locally, but when she had compiled a book of verse, she had to prove her authorship to an examination board of eighteen learned men before it could be published. This daunting story is heart-fully enlarged by illustrations most beautiful. The artist's portrayal of Phillis is alluring and appealing, and every expression is shown on Phillis's thoughtful, comely face. In any work of art, the background behind a portrait tells a story, and here is no exception , except in its magnificent simplicity. Don't let this book get lost on the shelves.
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Phillis's Big Test is filled with great art. I like how the artist used a lot of detail. I could see Phillis walking up and down colonial Boston in great detail. She seems somewhat realistic, but also cartoony. I love how he drew the clothes that Phillis wore during her lifetime.. Thats why the art in Phillis's Big Test is good.

Written by Mia M. Rogers (Raphael Rogers 10 year old daughter)
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Phillis Wheatley was such an unlikely and unbelievable author that she was forced into a lengthy cross-examination by eighteen of the most learned and powerful men of the time to prove she in fact penned her own work. Why? Because the year was 1772 and Phillis was a teenage slave girl.

I had never heard of Phillis Wheatly before her briefly being mentioned in an adult biography on George Washington. I was so please to find this picture book at the public library to share her story with my daughter, even though her ending was not what I had hoped for.
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