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We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

by Walter Dean Myers
Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Published by Collins / HarperCollins, 2011
36 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-052308-4

Age 11 and older

A history of America that acknowledges both the ideal and the imperfections of our nation starts in the voice of a Lakota Indian speaking of the span of time Native peoples have occupied this land, and ends with expressions of the meaning of America for all people and generations. Walter Dean Myersís narrative can be read as a single poem or multiple offerings, each one exploring a different facet of America from past to present. Myers moves chronologically forward in time as he reveals defining events in the history of a nation still emerging. Christopher Myersís illustrations appear like murals on each page spread, offering a stunning panorama of the nationís history juxtaposed with images of who we are today. ďAnd from the tensions, / From the struggle between conscience / And human frailty / Between the great hope of tomorrow / And the forever hunger of today / We have found our nation.Ē The opening authorsí and illustratorís notes are as insightful and inspired as the words and images that follow them in a book that offers rich ideas for reflection. (MS) ©2011 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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