Pictures for Miss Josie by Sandra Belton

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This remarkable picture book tells the story of Josephine Carroll Smith (Miss Josie) and a young artist who, like many in real life, became one of her almost-sons. It's a story that starts with a train trip to a faraway city; it's a story about taking chances, and making friends, and believing in oneself.

Throughout her life Miss Josie was like a giant standing in front of the sun. her achievements on the national stage were notable -- she was responsible for outlining the boundaries for the integration of the Washington, D.C., public schools. But it is her spirit and influence on a personal scale that this book celebrates. Miss Josie reminded the generations of young black men who walked through her door and stayed in her home to believe in themselves and all they could become. They did.

Illustrated with compelling collage paintings by fine artist Benny Andrews, Sandra Belton's intimate and inspirational story pays tribute to the much-loved Miss Josie.


About Sandra Belton

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Sandra Belton is the author of the Ernestine & Amanda series, the novels "Store-Bought Baby" and "McKendree", and several picture books, including "From Miss Ida's Porch", "Pictures for Miss Josie", and "Beauty, Her Basket". Sandra Belton grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. BENNY ANDREWS was a renowned African American fine artist whose work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution. His dramatic, folk art-style illustrations have also appeared in several books for children.
Published April 1, 2003 by Amistad. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books.

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Miss Josie, while physically older and increasingly slower and deafer, maintains a strong influence in the new father’s life and the cycle continues when he introduces his own boy to the woman who urged him to follow his artistic dream.

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A boy comes to love his father's much-revered mentor, Miss Josie, in Belton's (From Miss Ida's Porch) insightful story about the real-life Josephine C

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