Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen

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When Addy finds a little boy floating down the river in a basket, she's surprised. When he calls to the fish to jump out of the river and into Addy's wagon, she's speechless. And when the fish obey, she knows for a fact that life on the Plenty Plantation is about to change! In this original tall tale, Jerdine Nolen has created a hero with the strength of fifty men, a heart as big as all outdoors, and a mysterious gift for spiriting slaves away to freedom.

Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award and Best Children's Books 2000 (PW)


About Jerdine Nolen

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Jerdine Nolen is the author of a diverse range of picture books, from the thoughtful "In My Momma's Kitchen" to the wildly imaginative "Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm", which was made into a TV movie. Jerdine Nolen lives with her children in Ellicott City, Maryland. Kadir Nelson began drawing at the age of three, and painting at age ten. He won an art scholarship to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating with honors, he began his professional career as an artist. He has worked with numerous companies including Dreamworks, where he served as the lead conceptual artist for Amistad and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron; Sports Illustrated; Coca-Cola; The United States Postal Service; and Major League Baseball. In 1999, he started collaborating with several notable authors on a series of picture books including Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen; Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange; and Salt in His Shoes by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan. He won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, a Caldecott Honor and an NAACP Image Award for illustrating Carol Boston Weatherford's Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. He is the author and illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
Published January 1, 2004 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nelson (Brothers of the Knight, not reviewed) takes Jabe from a rawboned child with an engaging grin to brawny adulthood, placing him into historical scenes that rival Trina Schart Hyman's for fine detail and strongly drawn, expressive figures.

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Folklore and history give an uncommonly rich patina to this freshly inspiring original tale set in slavery times. Readers will immediately recognize that Nolen (Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm) has set h

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The collaborators here "use superhuman elements to distill all-too-human truths, and empower the audience to confront an unbearable history and come away with hope," wrote PW in a boxed review.

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