SUMMARY: Lonnie and his uncle Bates take an imaginary trip to the 1930s during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. They take a plane to Harlem and one by one meet famous figures in history such as boxer Jack Johnson, as well as Marcus Garvey, and W.E.B. Dubois. Lonnie explains a little about what made each person famous.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with acrylic paint on paper canvas. They are as seen on the cover with bright colors and tall figures. They look like painting you would see in the 1930s.
THE GOOD: I love learning about history through stories and pictur books. The illustrations give a little glimpse into this time period and what it was like. This book would make a great springboard for learning about this time and place in history as well as black history. There is a glossary of names at the back of the book telling a little bit about each person in history. This is helpful.
THE NOT AS GOOD: There is little flow to the story. It is told more in lecture style rather than an exciting story. I would have liked to know a bit more about what each person was famous for. Instead, Lonnie walks by people and just throws their names out to the reader. On some pages I was not sure who the famous person was because several people were clumped together.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 2-5
mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12
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