Going Back Home by Toyomi Igus
An Artist Returns to the South

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More than half a century after her family moved North to find a better life, African American artist Michele Wood returned to the South to see and feel the land where her ancestors lived. In her first book for children, Going Back Home, Wood presents her paintings inspired by this personal journey. Michele Wood collaborated with author Toyomi Igus to interpret her visual images and family stories. Igus' moving text draws on African American history to reveal the experiences of Wood's turn-of-the-century sharecropping family. Through her complex and richly-patterned art, Michele Wood places herself back in history -- in the time of her ancestors -- imagining their struggles to overcome hardship through family love and strong community. Going Back Home marks Michele Wood's memorable return to her home and heritage.

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Michele Wood is an artist whose work defies all boundaries. As a painter, illustrator, designer and writer, she has gained wide recognition in the United States. She has been honored with the prestigious American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home and by the American Library Association with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for her book, I See the Rhythm. Her work, which has been exhibited in major venues nationally, reflects an essential sense of history and place. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. www.michelewood.com Toyomi Igus is the author and editor of several books for children, including Two Mrs. Gibsons and the award-winning books Going Back Home and I See the Rhythm. A former Editor and Publications Director for UCLA's Center for African American studies, Toyomi has been honored for her work in promoting literacy among children. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Published April 18, 1997 by Children's Book Press. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 Igus (Two Mrs. Gibsons, p. 448) creates a warm first-person narration for Wood's art, reading as much like an exhibition program with interpretive notes as it does a history of the artist's family in the South.

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Wood, an artist raised in Indiana who now lives in Atlanta, explores her family's rural Southern heritage in this unusually lyrical meditation on African American history. As Igus supplies the text fo

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