My America by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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Have you seen my country?
Seen my magic skies?
Seen my mighty waters?
Have you seen my land?

Have you seen my country?
Seen my wings abound?
Seen my water creatures?
Seen my beasts and fowl?

Have you seen my people?
We hail from every shore.
Have you seen my homeland?
Have you seen my country?
Have you seen my America?

In this stunning tribute to our country, Coretta Scott King Award winners Ashley Bryan and Jan Spivey Gilchrist remind us that America's strength and beauty come from the diversity of its people, wildlife, and landscape.


About Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie. Most recently, she wrote the Parents' Choice Award Winner My America, which she co-illustrated with Ashley Bryan. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist holds an MFA in writing for children and a doctoral degree in English. She lives near Chicago, Illinois. Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and has shared the joy of song with children ever since. One of our most beloved illustrators, he is this year's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner and has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a Coretta Scott King Award winner (most recently for "Beautiful Blackbird), " and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine, where he can often be found with a cluster of children, all singing.
Published May 22, 2007 by HarperColl. 40 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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And the pictures are each symbolic, each standalone, with no connectivity to the pictures which came before or come after (although they do match up exactly with the snippet of text they accompany.) That Knott in your stomach is just good songwriting, and you can win this Philly native's late...

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