Beauty, Her Basket by Sandra Belton

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Sea grass basket . . .

Sweetgrass basket . . .

Beauty, Her Basket.

"I stick my nose inside the basket as far as it can go. I want to smell its secrets."

Sandra Belton and Cozbi A. Cabrera invite you to the Sea Islands, where a young girl, her cousin Victor, and their Nana are spending the summer together. Therewill be stories to share and pictures to see and secrets worth knowing. Secrets about these times and the old times and tomorrow, too.


About Sandra Belton

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Sandra Belton is the author of the Ernestine & Amanda series, the novels "Store-Bought Baby" and "McKendree", and several picture books, including "From Miss Ida's Porch", "Pictures for Miss Josie", and "Beauty, Her Basket". Sandra Belton grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. BENNY ANDREWS was a renowned African American fine artist whose work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution. His dramatic, folk art-style illustrations have also appeared in several books for children.
Published December 23, 2003 by GreenWilBk. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Cabrera displays rare sensitivity to color and light in this children’s debut, illustrating Belton’s account of a child’s visit to Sea Island relatives with scenes of dark-skinned, brightly dressed figures against impressionistic swirls of sand, sun, and images from the past.

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Spending her summer with her Nana, a member of the Sea Islands' Gullah community, a girl learns how the tradition of weaving baskets from seagrass represents her ancestors' indomitable spirit in the face of slavery.

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