Winner of the 2012 Coretta Scott King (Author) award and Honor book for the 2012 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) award.
My first thought when I finished Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans was that it would win an award. This oversize book is stunningly beautiful with 47 oil paintings richly illustrating the trials and triumphs of African Americans in the United States from Colonial days to the present. The book offers a timeline that starts in 1565 and ends in January 2009. There are twevle chapters written by an unnamed female voice. The feel of the writing is like an elder member telling stories to the young children in the family, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. The narrator takes us through historical events that changed the lives of African-Americans in the United States from slavery, reconstruction, the great migration, to World War II, inventions and Civil Rights. The events are presented in a simple and concise way that assures understanding of the events; truly an inspiring read and an excellent choice to share during African American History month.
Submitted by Gail @ Zablocki