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28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World
Contributor(s): Smith, Charles R., Jr., Evans, Shane W. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1596438207     ISBN-13: 9781596438200
Publisher: Roaring Brook
    OUR PRICE: $17.10  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2015
Annotation: A tribute to the historic contributions of such heroes as Crispus Attucks, Madame C. J. Walker, and Barack Obama discusses their roles in overcoming boundaries and shaping life for African Americans.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; History; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Heroes; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
Dewey: 973/.0496073
LCCN: 2014009898
Lexile Measure: 1080
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 12.25" H x 10.00" W x 0.75" (1.35 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 173876
Reading Level: 6.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q69398
Reading Level: 7.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Charles Smith Jr. is a celebrated author, poet, and photographer. He has created more than twenty books, including award-winning book Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali and Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson. He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his wife, Gillian, and three kids, Sabine, Adrian, and Sebastian.
Shane W. Evans has illustrated numerous books for children, including Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson, Underground, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and We March, recipient of three starred reviews and named a Jane Addams Honor Book, all for Roaring Brook Press. He lives with his family in Kansas City, Missouri.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
A big-hearted, wide-ranging compilation intended to bring Black History Month alive, this volume highlights twenty-eight notable people or events (one for each day of February), starting with Attucks and ending with Obama, then a look to the future. Poems and brief informational paragraphs (in small italicized type) are complemented by bold mixed-media illustrations in a busy design. A good starting place for children. Bib.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 November #4)

In recognition of Black History Month, the creators of Black Jack offer 28 capsule tributes to African-American history and culture, spotlighting both celebrated and lesser-known figures, incidents, and legislation. Smith—who, in an introduction, discusses his own "love-hate relationship with Black History Month" and his concerns about "ignoring the other eleven months" of the year—mingles narrative styles to suit his subjects. Eloquent prose passages eulogize Harriet Tubman and businesswoman and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker, rhythmic free verse celebrates singer Marian Anderson, and energetic poems commemorate such athletes as Wilma Rudolph, Hank Aaron, and Arthur Ashe. Smith also provides relevant primary source material, including excerpts from the Dred Scott decision, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education. Expressively evoking a range of time periods and personalities, Evans's bold, collagelike illustrations pull together penetrating portraits, symbolic backdrops, and dramatic silhouettes. Succinct biographical info, included throughout, further cements the value and utility of the project, both in and out of the classroom. Ages 4–10. Author's agent: Miriam Altshuler, Miriam Altshuler Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 January)

Gr 2–5—Smith tells readers in an author's note that he has "always had a love-hate relationship with Black History Month." Together with Evans, he presents 28 brief descriptions of crucial people or events in black history, ranging from 1770 to the present. Text formats include poetry, quotations, eulogies, and plays on numbers (a countdown recognizes astronauts Guion Bluford and Mae Jemison). The poetry stands out for its use of concrete form (the poem about tennis players Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe bounces across the page) and its wordplay (singer Marian Anderson's poem incorporates one of her best-known songs). Expanding on Evans's highly textured Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (Roaring Brook, 2011) and other works, the collage-style art matches line and color palettes to the mood of each event (for example, Martin Luther King Jr. is shown speaking against a background of outward-expanding lines of yellows and oranges). The physical book sometimes becomes part of the illustration, as when the gutter separates a black family from a white one on the pages about the separate but equal doctrine, and the boundaries between words and pictures are sometimes blurred, as when Jackie Robinson literally hits words such as inequality and prejudice out of the park. A final 29th day challenges readers to make history for themselves, and a bibliography invites further exploration. Highly recommended as a reference book, an example of poetic forms, and a work of art.—Jill Ratzan, I. L. Peretz Community Jewish School, Somerset, NJ

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