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Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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"A visually appealing primer on these civil rights reformers." -- Publishers Weekly
"Robbins deftly moves between [Anthony's] objectives and words to those of Douglass.... Young readers can picture two people of action and resolve and hopefully be equally inspired." -- Kirkus Reviews
"In remarkably economic prose, Robbins reveals the similarities in their childhoods and demonstrates the enormous impact these friends had on history.… Bold colors lend an upbeat feel to the illustrations, while layers of paint and mixed media create subtle texture and depth." -- Booklist
Praise for The Case for Loving by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls:
* "Despite the gentle way this book unfolds, the language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the next generation of young civil rights activists." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Inspirational, never heavy-handed, and appropriate for just about everyone." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Dizzy by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Sean Qualls:
* "Qualls's acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations swing across the large pages with unique, jazzy rhythms, varying type sizes and colors, and playful perspectives, perfectly complementing the text." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "Qualls is able to translate the story (and the music) into shapes and colors that undulate and stream across the pages with a beat and bounce of their own." -- Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Sean Qualls has illustrated many celebrated books for children, including The Case for Loving by Selina Alko, Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade, Dizzy by Jonah Winter, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which Sean received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Selina Alko, and their two children.
Selina Alko is the author of The Case for Loving, which she illustrated with her husband, Sean Qualls. She is the author and illustrator of several other acclaimed books for children, including Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama and B Is for Brooklyn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Sean Qualls and their two children.
Top customer reviews
Two Friends is less a straight history than a poetic meditation on a snowy night when the two friends—who also happen to be the greatest civil rights figures of the age—sit down in Susan B. Anthony’s parlor to chat about freedom and equality. They enjoy a cup of tea and a moment of peace before going out, once again, to change the world. Though their challenges are formidable, the mood in Susan’s parlor is warm and homey.
The illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko have a painterly richness that is rare in nonfiction children’s books. The author’s note reveals the happy news that both Anthony and Douglass’ causes prevailed, with African Americans and women gaining equal rights. Two Friends can inspire a new 21st century generation to go out and make the world a better place.
Pros: An interesting introduction to two important 19th century activists whose civil rights struggles are still relevant today. The colorful folk-artsy illustrations nicely portray Anthony, Douglass, and their homes in Rochester.
Cons: A pretty brief introduction with only a little biographical information.
The friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass is as it should be now, free of racism and free of prejudice in all forms. They worked together for the common good of all, especially to get women and African-Americans their rights as US citizens. They were remarkable, exceptional people ahead of their times and ahead of ours now. We as a nation should be learning all we can from their example.
Eloquent and stately picture book written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Published by Orchard Books.
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A story of strength. Anthony and Douglass were brought together through similar feelings of inequality, but more so through their fierce passion to shift the...Read more