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Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Cook , Leo Dillon , Diane Dillon , Eric Velasquez , R. Gregory Christie , James Ransome , Bryan Collier , Shadra Strickland , Frank Morrison , Pat Cummings , Cozbi Cabrera , Charlotte Riley-Webb , AG Ford , E. B. Lewis , Marian Wright Edelman

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Book Description

Rosa sat so
Martin could march.
Martin marched so
Barack could run.Barack ran so
Our children can soar.

This is the seed of a unique and inspirational picture book text, that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It symbolically takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how select pioneers' achievements led up to this landmark moment, when we have elected our first black President.

Each historical figure is rendered by a different award-winning African-American children's book illustrator, representing the singular and vibrant contribution that each figure made.

Lending historical substance, the back matter includes brief biographies of: George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, Hattie McDaniel, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama.

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A cohesive and affecting collective portrait that [shows] African-American history is "the story of hope." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Celebration, inspiration, and connection are the themes that drive this big, handsome picture book....The book's message of hope will inspire parents and grandparents to share their memories and talk with children about the future. (Booklist, starred review)

A lovely and suitably moving commemoration. (Kirkus)

A perfect read-aloud to introduce a lesson on biographies or African-American studies. (School Library Journal)

This book is a sumptuous feast for the eye and the ear. (Book Links)

Book Description

Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8660 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (15 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,556,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young children 21 Jun. 2009
By L. Jones - Published on
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I bought this book for my son's fourth birthday. The illustrations are fantastic. I love the connection between history (Jesse Owens, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks) and the future of our children. It includes a biography of each person mentioned in the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a phenomenal book about some of the greatest pathmakers in American history! 19 July 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on
A soldier proudly stood ready to defend his family and envisioned those unfortunates who tried to escape with their families through swamps in an effort to evade being caught by a brutal slave catcher. This young soldier paved the way for the likes of George Washington Carver so he could revitalize southern agricultural crops. In turn, George paved the way so Jesse Owens could fly like the wind and make his people proud. Next Hattie McDaniel would hold her head up high and raise an Oscar in her hand. She was a winner!

Ella Fitzgerald would sing from her heart and soul and pave the way for Jackie Robinson who would effortlessly glide into home plate. Rosa Parks, one of America's most precious treasures, did nothing but sit. It was an unsurpassed act of courage, seldom seen before or after. Ruby Bridges learned to be brave from those who came before her and marched up those school steps and endured countless jeers and threats. And then came Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall and Barack Obama. And so it is now said that "Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run. Barack ran so our children can soar!" Watch out ... here they come!

I loved this story. The text uses a "minimalist" approach with few words, but joined with the art work provides a very powerful message to all people. In the back of the book there are brief portrayals of all the people in the book, short notes on the professional lives of the illustrators and a quotation as to how they feel about the person they so beautifully captured in this book. Everyone has a purpose in life and, as illustrated in this book, unknowingly can pave the path for someone else to succeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Children Can Soar 22 Aug. 2010
By Steven C. Thedford - Published on
Many African American children might not know that president being African American is a big deal. In other words, they do not know that African Americans had to sacrifice so that he could reach this achievement. However, Our Children Can Soar provides young people with a historical overview that can be beneficial to their understanding of the historic figures that allowed Barrack Obama to become president, the book gives a brief biography of each person featured in the book, therefore, it teaches children to respect the past and honor the present.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 6 Mar. 2015
By Denise Louise Roux - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great way to introduce some of the many African American contributions to young children. Outstanding text, pictures and journey for all to learn from. A new favorite for my almost 4 year old
5.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this book to provide introductory information of famous ... 2 Feb. 2015
By pm - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book to provide introductory information of famous African Americans. At the end of the book is a mini biography of each person featured. Illustration were stirring.
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