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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Raúl Colón is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books, including Draw! an ALA Notable Book and recipient of the International Latino Book Award; Imagine! an ALA Notable Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, and a Bookpage Best Book; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance; Angela’s Christmas by Frank McCourt; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.
- ASIN : 0689848870
- Publisher : Aladdin; Reprint edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780689848872
- ISBN-13 : 978-0689848872
- Reading age : 5 - 9 years
- Lexile measure : 740L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #337,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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these heroic young people proved to the world that they were able to contribute to our country's life.
This book is especially inspirational to my and my daughter (age 6) because we live in Nashville and are familiar with Fisk University. No matter where you live, however, this book will teach you and your children/students about the amount of extreme effort, work, and perseverance that was required of black humans in the mod-1800s just to get an education. Music lovers will delight in the lyrics and thematic elements that bring the Jubilee singers to life in the text. The illustrations are beautiful and the afterward includes lots of helpful information for continued research.
This is one of my daughters favorite books, hands down.
A Band of Angels is a book that provides a colorful way to share a proud part of African American heritage with your children. Colon's illustrations add greater depth to the story and will help children better visualize the events that take place. While this is a work of fiction, the story is based on real people who selflessly used their talents to keep Fisk's doors open. The book also provides a good introduction to Negro Spirituals, which were kept alive through the voices of the Jubilee Singers. In addition, readers will see how this brave group of singers would not let racism quiet their talented voices. Above all, the story will help inspire children to hold fast to their dreams in spite of the hurdles or difficulties they may encounter along the way.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
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