Daisy and the Doll by Michael Medearis
(A Vermont Folklife Center Book)

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Boldness and a gift for improvising verse enable eight-year-old Daisy Turner, an African American living in Grafton, Vermont, in the late 19th century, to triumph over an incident of discrimination in her school. Told in Daisy's voice, the book's themes of identity and self-affirmation offer a powerful lesson to today's youngsters who face similar situations of prejudice and stereotyping in the 21st century classroom.

About Michael Medearis

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Angela Shelf Medearis, "The Kitchen Diva," is a chef, cookbook author, a regular guest chef on "The Dr. Oz Show" and the "Today" show, and a celebrity-chef judge for cooking competitions. Medearis owns Diva Productions, Inc., and is executive producer of "The Kitchen Diva!" cooking show for PBS/Hulu.com. She presents inspirational and motivational speeches and workshops entitled "Feed the Body/Feed the Soul" at conferences around the United States based on her book "Ten Ingredients for a Joyous Life and a Peaceful Home". She humorously encourages her audience members to take care of their health from the inside out. "The Kitchen Diva!" column is distributed to 1,300 Hearst/King Features newspapers with one million readers in the United States and Canada. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. Larry Johnson obtained a history degree from Southern Nazarene University and a master's in Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he is a reference librarian for the Metropolitan Library System, where he maintains the Oklahoma Collection and the Oklahoma Images Project (www.metrolibrary.org). He is also a contributor to several Oklahoma Centennial projects. Johnson lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and two daughters.
Published January 1, 2000 by The Vermont Folklife Center. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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"The husband-and-wife authors adopt the crisp and amiable voice of eight-year-old Daisy Turner, a former slave's daughter who was born in Vermont in 1883, to relate a story based on a true incident" said PW .

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It was as if Miss Clark's poem had opened my eyes for the first time."" On stage during the program, Daisy finds that her teacher's words ""caught in my throat like a bone,"" and the child delivers an extemporaneous but prize-winning poem (""My Papu says that half the world/ Is nearly black as ni...

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