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In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury by Outstanding Authors and Artists

by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, compilers

Published by Just Us Books, 1997
131 pages
ISBN: 0-940975-59-9

Age 9 and older

A handsome tribute to their personal elders and to all who have gone before them contributed by a "who's who" of 50 African American writers and artists provides visual art in many media accompanying stories, poems, memoirs, an interview and other autobiographical writing. Drawing on the creative reflections of knowns and the soon-to-be knowns in the children's literature community, the Hudsons offer a mosaic of images. These are the environments from which these writers and visual artists grew and developed or wish to imagine. They are rural and urban environments, supportive and challenging communities, segregated and inclusive situations. Most of all, they portray the people who paved the way and provide hope for today and tomorrow. The environments suggest community or the need for community. A Liberian proverb is quoted at the end of the Hudsons' introduction: "If you have a praise singer, your fame will spread." Their goal is to "spread the good news and to affirm, through this collection, what we know to be true." A gem for author/illustrator studies as well as for the stated purpose of this unparalleled volume. CCBC categories: The Arts (GMK; Feb 2)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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