What A Truly Cool World by Julius Lester

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In this wonderfully imagined story, God has many helpers. Those who assist in the creation of everything from music to butterflies include his wife, Irene God; his secretary, Bruce; and his beloved angel, Shaniqua. Bursting with vibrant folk-art style paintings, this witty and inspirational story will delight readers of all ages.

About Julius Lester

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Writer, professor, and photographer Julius Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960. Lester's photographs from the civil rights movement era have been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution and are part of Howard University's permanent collection. In addition to having hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City, Lester has also recorded two albums. Lester has published 25 children's books, as well as numerous works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for adults. Translated into eight languages, his books have won the Newbery Honor Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Many of his titles have also been on the New York Times Outstanding Book list and the American Library Association's Notable Book list. Lester has written hundreds of reviews and essays for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He is an award-winning professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department and an adjunct professor of History. He has given lectures at over 100 colleges and universities. Lester has five children and lives with his wife and cat in a small Western Massachusetts town. Joe?Cepeda is the illustrator of many awarding-winning picture books?including "Peeny Butter Fudge" by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, "What a Truly Cool World "by Julius Lester, a?"Family Life" Magazine Top 10 Best Books of the Year, a "Family Fun" Critic's Choice, and?BCCB Blue Ribbon Book", Mice and Beans "by Pam Mu?oz Ryan, and "Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey" by Joy Cowley which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Cepeda received the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from The George G. Stone Center for Children's Books. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Times; Buzz, Inc. Magazine; and Latina Magazine.
Published February 1, 1999 by Scholastic Press. 40 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Shaniqua, “the angel in charge of everybody’s business,” points out to God that the newly created earth is kind of drab, God trims the trees, and the clippings become bushes and grass.

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Enter Shaniqua, ""the angel in charge of everybody's business,"" who announces: ""I don't want to hurt your feelings or nothing like that, but what you made looks kind of boring."" In an attempt to make his world less drab, God snips off the tops of trees to create grass and bushes and sings into...

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