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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by [Kadir Nelson]

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Kindle Edition

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As in WE ARE THE SHIP, Nelson knits together the nation’s proudest moments with its most shameful, taking on the whole of African-American history. He handles this vast subject with easy grace. [Nelson’s] jaw-dropping portraits radiate determination and strength. A tremendous achievement. -- Publishers Weekly(starred review)

The dramatic oil paintings heighten the dignity of this story, whether they are of well-known historical figures, common folk or landscape…This intimate narrative makes the stories accessible to young readers and powerfully conveys how personal this history feels for many African-Americans. --
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Nelson…adds to his notable titles with this powerful view of African American history. Illustrated with 44 full-page paintings, this handsome volume is told in the fictionalized, informal voice of an African American senior looking back on her life and remembering what her elders told her. --
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Provocative and powerful, this book offers a much-needed perspective for individuals of all ages seeking to understand America’s past and present. -- School Library Journal
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Nelson effectively creates a voice that is at once singular and representative. A tour de force in the career of an author/artist who continues to outdo himself. -- Horn Book
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From the Back Cover

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it’s about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination and triumphs.

Kadir Nelson, one of this generation’s most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an “Everywoman,” an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, heart and soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

--This text refers to the library edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BZPZYCT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (July 14, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 14, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 41169 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honor Award recipient. He has received an NAACP Image Award, a CASEY Award, the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the 2009 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. Among Mr. Nelson's other awards are gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Kadir Nelson at www.kadirnelson.com.

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This is the most beautiful book and illustrations that I have ever seen. I actually cried reading through this. Such rich illustrations. It’s incredible. This is a wonderful book celebrating the rich history and contributions African Americans have made in order to Make America Great. You can read this either to your own children or read in a classroom as part of Common Core. I recommend this beautiful book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid introduction; beautiful artwork
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
This is such a great introduction to the struggles and contributions of African Americans. It’s honest, authentic, heartbreaking and hopeful. We used it in combination with the audiobook (Debbie Allen’s reading was also amazing!) and really enjoyed listening while taking in the breathtaking art. This will definitely have a permanent spot on our bookcase and will be revisited often.
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