Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
The Story of America and African Americans (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))

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Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews.

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. 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.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, 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.

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About Kadir Nelson

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Kadir Nelson is one of the most accomplished, award-winning illustrators working today and is known for his stunning oil paintings depicting the African American experience. He received Caldecott Honors for Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People To Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he also garnered a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and won an NAACIP Image Award; Ellington Was Not A Street by Ntozake Shange won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Nelson's authorial debut, We Are The Ship, was a New York Times bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Kadir Nelson's paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both in Los Angeles; the Museum of African American History in Detroit; the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC; the Citizen's Galley of Yokohama, Japan; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is also the cover artist for Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Michael. Kadir Nelson lives with his family in Southern California.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Balzer + Bray. 108 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In an undertaking even more ambitious than the multiple-award-winning We Are the Ship (2008), Nelson tells the story of African-Americans and their often central place in American history.

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The New York Times

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Kadir Nelson’s storyteller maps the black experience in America.

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Publishers Weekly

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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, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

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The sober historical trajectory that unfolds in the pages of Kadir Nelson's "Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans" (HarperCollins, 108 pages, $19.99) won't be new or surprising to children over the age of 9, given the degree to which black history has become a fixture of the...

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Examiner

Because of its perspective, it's a perfect book to read before concentrating on a particular episode of American history.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this in-depth picture book brings up the important topics of slavery, Jim Crow laws, gender and racial inequality, and economic disadvantage throughout the history of America, with a keen focu...

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New Statesman

A documentary about Khalil Gibran informed us, startlingly, that The Prophet remains the best-selling book in America next to the Bible (The New York Sun’s peerless headline on Gibran’s death in 1930: “A Prophet is Dead”).

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Children learn how and why slaves came to America, how the institution helped build the country's wealth, and how throughout America's history the contributions of African Americans often have represented a turning point in America's success.

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The Horn Book

The illustrations (forty-seven in all, including six dramatic double-page spreads), combined with the narrative, give us a sense of intimacy, as if we are hearing an elder tell stories as we look at an album of family photographs.

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