Hand In Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hardcover | October 23, 2012

byAndrea PinkneyIllustratorBrian Pinkney

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HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the "freedom chain." This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.

Profiled:
Benjamin Banneker
Frederick Douglass
Booker T. Washington
W.E.B. DuBois
A. Philip Randolph
Thurgood Marshall
Jackie Robinson
Malcolm X
Martin Luther King, Jr
Barack H. Obama II

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HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations,...

Andrea Davis Pinkney has written several acclaimed books for middle grade readers, including the novelsBird in a Box, a Today ShowAl Roker Book Club pick,andWith the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series. She is also the author of the nonfiction bookLet It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott Kin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:243 pages, 11 × 8.75 × 0.75 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423142578

ISBN - 13:9781423142577

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In her extensive introduction, Pinkney explains how a visit to a creative-writing program made up of young black teens-"Brother Authors"-inspired her to write a testament to positive African American role models. She has chosen 10 men, and though each appears in his own extensive chapter, their accomplishments weave them together "like a chain." Some are well known, like Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson, and Malcolm X. Others, such as Benjamin Banneker, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Thurgood Marshall, may be less familiar to today's young people. Pinkney uses an upbeat, sometimes colloquial writing style that kids will appreciate, and with chapters sometimes as long as 20 pages, there is often more information about a subject than might be found in a slim series title. Each chapter begins with an original poem and a Brian Pinkney portrait. Another two or three small pictures break up the long pages of text. Surprisingly, Pinkney provides no notes, even though she references both feelings and words in her biographies. For instance, she quotes Barack Obama's Kenyan grandfather and his unhappiness over his son's marriage to Ann Dunham without any sourcing. While this is problematic, the book is still a handsome piece of bookmaking that does Pinkney's premise proud.- Ilene Cooper-Booklist Online