Friday, January 4, 2013

Odds and Ends

FIFTY CENTS AND A DREAM: YOUNG BOOKER T. WASHINGTON by Jabam Asim with illustrations by Bryan Collier. Little Brown, 2012.

Washington had a dream. From his earliest years, he loved letters and words and reading. However, being a slave meant learning was forbidden to him. And so he began to save money so he could attend school. Even though attending meant walking hundreds of miles and backbreaking work along the way,Washington persevered. Collier's blend of collage and watercolor add depth to the story of one young man's dream. <711>

GRANDMA AND THE GREAT GOURD by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni with illustrations by Susy Pilgrim Walters. Roaring Brook Press, 2013.

Grandma decides to travel through the forest to see her daughter and her grandchildren. Along the path she encounters animals who wish to devour her. She begs them to let her live until her return trip when she is sure to be plumper. Thanks for some quick thinking on her part, Grandma manages to avoid fate as food for the beasts. <712>

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