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In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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Grade 3–6—Schroeder has taken what is known about the Harlem Renaissance sculptor (1892–1962) and created a fictionalized account of her life from her childhood in Florida to her acceptance into a New York art school. By choosing to focus on Savage's early years, Schroeder presents a part of the sculptor's life that children will relate to. Savage endured harsh criticism from her father, but realized her dream of becoming an artist. An afterword contains much of what is known about her success in school, her major works, her role as an art instructor, and her retirement years. Bereal's full-page and spot illustrations glow with the sunset hue of the red clay Savage first discovered as a child. Two black-and-white images of her work are also included. This is a worthy effort that celebrates the determination of a young woman whose contributions should be remembered.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Alan Schroeder is a Lee and Low author.<br /><br />JaeMe Bereal is a Lee and Low illustrator.
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Because much of Augusta Savage's art work was either destroyed or kept in unknown locations, the visible reminders of her expressive sculpting style remain limited and out of the public eye. Yet she had a strong impact on the art world, not only with the various busts, carvings, and sculptures that she created, but also through her mentoring and teaching of younger students in her studio. Alan Schroeder and JaeMe Bereal do young readers a tremendous service by bringing this talented artist's contributions to light. Woven throughout the text is the theme of poverty and how financial constraints influenced the path that she took and the materials with which she chose to work.