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Who Will I Be Lord? (Picture Book) Kindle Edition

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Length: 40 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 4 - 8
Grade Level: P - 3

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PreSchool-Grade 2—A contemplation of the future through the lens of a family's past. An African-American girl looking to the future has a broad range of relatives to emulate—a banjo-playing mailman, a housewife who broke the color barrier, a pool shark, and a burger-flipping aspiring jazzman. Nelson's rhythmic and colloquial first-person narrative introduces the characters not only in terms of the jobs they hold, but also the kind of people they are; her Great-Grandpap believes, "Nothin's more important than family." For the jazzman, "what matters is the trying." Qualls's mixed-media illustrations combine muted and bright elements and feature full-spread renditions of each relative at home or work, followed by a page showing surreal floating heads of the girl and the featured role model as she repeats the title's query. Nelson shows respect for all the ways people live and work.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC END

About the Author

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson wears multiple hats in the world of children’s books as an author and a youth services librarian at a public library in New Mexico. Her books have received numerous awards starting with her first book, Always Gramma, a CCBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Sean Qualls has created evocative, powerful art for magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and children’s books, including Dizzy, Powerful Words, Phillis’s Big Test, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant. He lives with his wife and their two children in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 8582 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KNEOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracie R. Jones on March 5, 2012
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A pool shark? A mailman ? A burger-flippin' jazz wanna-be? A car body fixin' upon'er? Lawd, it's 2012 (book written in 2009), is dis what I can be?? She has the option of being one educated person, a teacher (and given the condition of education in this country, that is highly questionable). Honest work is not to be berated but, seriously, are these really the most viable options for the new millennium? A pool shark with a dollar sign floating by his head? SMH. I think I'll type out some other career options and paste them over the original story (maybe I'll leave the mailman). I love the illustrations but, Lawd, I's don't want lil' Kizzy here thinking that the majority of her career options are right out of 1952.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Length: 2:25 Mins
In my video, I read the last pages in this book, so don't watch the video if you don't want the question answered yet, of who will this little girl become?

I really liked this book. It's a fun book, and the girl in the book tells a story about many of her family members. Her great grandparents, her grandparents, a cousin, an uncle, and her parents. Each family member gets a page or two, and after the story, the little girl questions, "Who will I be, Lord, Who will I be?"

I liked how this girl respected each of her family members, no matter what they did. Her cousin gives her the advice of, "If you're gonna be a ditchdigger, learn to dig the best ditches on this earth." I really liked that advice, and that's kind of the theme for the book.

+Fun story
+Great illustrations, the faces in this book have a lot of emotion
+Teaches respect for a wide variety of people
+Looks great on the Kindle Fire

-Small print, so it might be a little hard to read if you get a digital copy
-The publisher's description says this is about her ancestors, but it's more about her family that's alive today. Plus, we don't know whether her great grandparents are still alive or not, so it might not be about ancestors at all.
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