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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589800052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589800052
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr. 3. After two African American children find their grandfather's World War II uniform and medals, their grandmother encourages them to ask him about the war. He tells them about his experiences in the Tuskegee Airmen fighter group, the difficulties of living in a segregated society, and how the African Americans' contribution helped win the war abroad and the war against segregation at home. The authors, who also wrote Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen (2001) for adults, undoubtedly know their subject, though the presentation here is somewhat stilted. The fictional framework, with its sometimes-contrived questions adds little; however, the grandfather's narrative does a good job of explaining who the Tuskegee Airmen were and what they achieved. Similarly, the paintings of the children and grandparents that illustrate the present-day story are more stilted than those showing the Tuskegee Airmen and their world. Apparently the only book on this subject accessible to young children, this will be a useful addition to many school and public library collections. Carolyn Phelan
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Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes
Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly

It's an unseasonably warm winter's day, and the teachers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School are nowhere to be found. Elderly Victor Kennedy is called in to teach seventh-grade American history. As the students take their seats, Mr. Kennedy writes one word on the board: Tuskegee.
Mr. Kennedy teaches his students about the America he grew up in: an America very different from the one his students know. Laws enforced segregation. African Americans were limited to menial jobs that offered no hope of a better life.
When World War II struck, every able-bodied man was needed for the defense of the nation, regardless of the color of his skin. In 1941, young black men began training at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, despite those who said that African Americans weren't smart enough to operate anything as intricate as an airplane.
Mr. Kennedy's students, learning of segregation for the first time, eagerly listen to the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Mr. Kennedy teaches them about the brave men who flew the death-filled skies of World War II and fought the deeply-engrained racism of their hometowns.

Authors Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They have written thirteen books together, including Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, both available from Pelican Publishing. Their work has been featured in such publications as the North Carolina Historical Review and in exhibits in several museums.

Illustrator Rosalie M. Shepherd is a well-known landscape and portrait painter, employing oils, acrylics, charcoal, and watercolors. Her work has been featured in the Peabody Language Development kit.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I like the story because it brings up important historical events in world and in the US. The events are World War 2 and segragation. The story has a grandfather tell his grandson about when he was a Tuskegee Airmen and how his wife was a Tuskegee Airmen.The story was very good overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2013
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Used this for a reading lesson during Black History Month. My students really enjoyed it. Kept the students engaged and they wanted to know more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn H. Macaluso on December 7, 2011
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The service on this item was excellent. When I purchased this item I didn't catch that it was geared for children even though my husband enjoyed the information. I will surely pass this item on to some young man. Thank you.
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