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Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation

Marfe Ferguson Delano (2013), 64 pages
Illustrated by Lori Vernon
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Before George Washington was the leader of the Revolutionary Army, he was the son of a plantation owner in Virginia. As such, he grew up with the reality that most of the work on his families plantation was accomplished by enslaved people. He viewed these slaves as property just like the livestock on his farm. When George went north for the Revolutionary War, he got a different view of African Americans. He started to question the views he grew up with his entire life. With the help of the historical interpreters that work at Mount Vernon today, Marfe Delano shows us what life was like if you were a slave on George Washington's plantation. She also traces how this founding father's views on slavery changed over his lifetime.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 3/1/2013
ISBN-10: 1426307594
ISBN-13: 9781426307591
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Matisse the King of Color

Laurence Anholt (2007), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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'Matisse, the King of Color' is a beautifully presented biography of the artist Matisse during one of the most significant times in his life. With it's simple prose and dynamic illustrations, this book tells about an amazing friendship that developed between Matisse and Monique which led to some of Matisse's most amazing work. When Matisse was recovering from a serious operation, Monique was employed as his night nurse to keep the artist company during the long evening hours. She became his friend and a source of great inspiration. Later when Monique became a nun(Sister Jacques-Marie,) she encountered Matisse again. In appreciation to Monique and all the nuns in Vence who took good care of him, Matisse created the exquisite Chapelle du Rosaire in France. This remarkable friendship between Matisse and Monique led to a period of his work known as the 'Second Life'. In his books, the author Laurence Anholt, creates a method of introducing young children to the very essence of an artist's style.
Similar authors: Bob Raczka; Mary Ann F. Kohl; Jennifer Tarr Coyne
Similar books: Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt; Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story about Vincent Van Gogh by Laurence Anholt; Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt; Leonardo and the Flying Boy by by Laurence Anholt; The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt; Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail: A Story about Pablo Picasso by Laurence Anholt
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/7/2010
ISBN-10: 0764160478
ISBN-13: 9780764160479
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Maya Angelou

Lisbeth Kaiser (2016), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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This beautifully illustrated biography of Maya Angelou tells her life story in a simple way that is accessible to a younger audience. Though the book doesn't delve into the darkest aspects of her life, segregation, and what it meant to be growing up black in America in the earlier part of the 20th century, it shows the struggles that she and her family endured, as well as her personal trials of abuse that caused her to stop speaking for a long time. Maya found her voice through books, reading aloud to her encouraging teacher, and through singing. Before Maya would ever become a writer, she would be a cook, a streetcar conductor, a dancer, a singer, and an actress. She traveled the world and learned many languages. When she came back from her travels, Maya began her work as a political activist, fighting for black and women's rights. It was then that she began to write about her life. She became a famous writer, teacher, and speaker and inspired others to become whatever they want to be.
Reviewed by: lz
Date read: 11/3/2016
ISBN-10: 1847808891
ISBN-13: 9781847808899
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Mayan Mthology

Stephen Currie (2012), 104 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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This is not a collection of Mayan Myths, but an explanation of who and what the Myths were based on; The Supreme God Itzamna and his Goddess wife Ix Chel, their 'bible,' The Popol Vuh, and their most famous legend, The Hero Twins.
Reviewed by: lspraner
Date read: 12/18/2014
ISBN-10: 1420507478
ISBN-13: 9781420507478
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McElderry Book of Greek Myths

Eric A. Kimmel (2008), 112 pages
Illustrated by Pep Montserrat
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Folklore, Humor, Nonfiction
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Have you ever wondered why things are the way they are and how things began? The ancient Greeks did. They attributed everything to the whims of their gods: Zeus, Hera, Hades, Neptune and many others, each of whom had his or her own domain. The myths were told and later written down to explain these things. In this collection of twelve classic myths, Prometheus, Jason, Persephone and others are brought to life. You'll feel as though you, too, are an ancient Greek, enjoying these stories retold by a master storyteller, Eric Kimmel.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 12/6/2014
ISBN-10: 1416915346
ISBN-13: 9781416915348
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