Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman HarperCollins, 1997 69 pages I found Seedfolks by accident, really. I was searching my public library's online catalog for another Paul Fleischman book, and Seedfolks popped up as well. I read a short description of it and decided to try it because I'm a sucker for point-of-view novels--I like the challenge … Continue reading Seedfolks

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke; ill. by Lauren Tobia Kane Miller, 2010 111 pages If a roving pollster were to ask you to describe Africa in one word, what would you say?  If your vision of Africa has been formed primarily by the popular media, you'd probably say something like "war-torn" or "destitute."  After all, the … Continue reading Anna Hibiscus

“A matter of exultant pride to any race”*

When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan; ill. by Brian Selznick Scholastic Press, 2002 40 pages I'm not sure when I first heard of Marian Anderson, the legendary black American contralto--probably in high school, when my younger sister started studying opera.  But I remember being instantly fascinated  by this photo of her performance at the … Continue reading “A matter of exultant pride to any race”*