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Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven with CD (Audio)
Gloria Jean Pinkney
0060007680
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreS Up–This superb collection of lyrics for 22 African-American spirituals (musical scores are not included) is divided into three thematic groups: Adoration, Spiritual Wayfarers, and The Good Shepherd. The finely crafted volume contains a variety of favorites, including Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, and Go, Tell It on the Mountain. The selections are accompanied by pertinent lines from corresponding psalms and further illuminated by distinctive illustrations painted in swirling shades of blue and gold, or poignant color photographs of children. The songs are framed by essays written by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and Gloria Pinkney, both of whom speak eloquently of the magical influence music can have on adults and children. Gloria Pinkney sings the songs in her pleasant alto to...


Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
Robert D. San Souci
0689848889
January 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Of this retelling of the Cinderella tale, set on the Caribbean, PW said, "The lyrical cadences of the text spattered with French and Creole words combine with the sensuous paintings to bring the tropics to life." Ages 5-10. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-A Caribbean Cinderella story, told from the godmother's point of view and brought to life by Pinkney's distinctive scratchboard illustrations. Based on West Indian versions of the story, the narrative is full of French Creole words and phrases. It tells of a poor washerwoman who is left a magic wand by her mother and discovers its power to help her beloved goddaughter. A fruit a pain (breadfruit) is transformed into the coach; six agoutis (a kind of...


Dear Benjamin Banneker
Andrea Davis Pinkney
0152004173
Oct 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The Pinkneys (Alvin Ailey; Seven Candles for Kwanzaa) continue their impressive collaboration with this memorable portrait of Benjamin Banneker, a free African American born in 1731. Lucid text and striking illustrations, rendered on scratchboard and colored with oil paint, shape a solid, sober tribute of a vigorous thinker, a self-taught mathematician and scientist, a man concerned with civil rights. This persevering man labored by day on his Maryland tobacco farm; by night he observed the sky and learned astronomy. Producing an almanac-something no African American had ever done-he tried in vain to find a publisher. In 1790, the president of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery helped him secure publication-but it was so late in the year that Banneker had to create an entirely new set of...


Jackie's Bat
Marybeth Lorbiecki
0689841027
January 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–A fictionalized account of Robinson's first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, as seen through the eyes of Joey, a batboy. He has attended games with his father since he was a toddler, and he's been a fan of dem bums for years. He meets the star player in the locker room on Robinson's first day as a Dodger, and though the man is friendly, Joey remembers that Pops says, it ain't right, a white boy serving a black man. He gives the first baseman the cold shoulder and refuses to clean his shoes as he does for the other players. As Joey watches Robinson endure the prejudice of fans and players on other teams, he comes to admire him both as a ballplayer and a man. Eventually, both the boy and Pops admit that he earned his place in history. An afterword gives more information on Robinson's career...


The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Langston Hughes
0679883479
December 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1932, this edition of Hughes's vibrant poems includes seven additional poems and is enhanced by dynamic scratchboard art. All ages. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Gr. 4-12. Hughes' classic poetry collection, originally published for young people in 1932, is reissued here in a handsome new edition. It includes seven additional poems, a fine introduction by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and a personal afterword by Augusta Baker. Black-and-white scratchboard illustrations in Pinkney's signature style express the emotion and beat of the poetry, the laughter that hides pain, the celebration and the struggle of the African American experience, and the music of the weary blues. The poems are as powerful today as they were 60 years...


Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
Jean Marzollo
0439782244
December 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This effective collaboration between Pinkney ( Sukey and the Mermaid ; The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural ) and the prolific Marzollo presents a gentle, pared-down version of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Geared to preschoolers, the author's brief narrative outlines those of the leader's civil rights accomplishments that this audience is most likely to understand and appreciate, among them those that enabled African Americans and whites in the South to sit together in buses, drink from the same water fountains and attend the same schools. Marzollo's language is equally accessible: "His dream was that people everywhere would learn to live together without being mean to one another." Meticulously employing scratchboard and oil pastels, Pinkney uses intricate series of fine, white lines to...


The Faithful Friend
Robert D. San Souci
0027861317
Mar 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers of this talented duo's Sukey and the Mermaid can expect to be equally impressed by this striking volume. This time, San Souci and Pinkney travel to the island of Martinique for a supernatural tale of friendship between two youths, Clement and Hippolyte-one black, one white. Clement woos and wins the beautiful Pauline, but her uncle, the evil Monsieur Zabocat, enlists a trio of zombies to curse the happy couple. Hippolyte uncovers the plot and faithfully protects Clement and Pauline at the risk of his own life. In fine folktale fashion, however, goodness is rewarded, Hippolyte survives, and Zabocat gets his just deserts. Reflecting an understanding of Caribbean culture, San Souci neatly distills the flavor of the French West Indies. Pinkney's distinctive scratchboard artwork just gets better and better;...


Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven with CD (Audio)
Gloria Jean Pinkney
0060007699
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreS Up–This superb collection of lyrics for 22 African-American spirituals (musical scores are not included) is divided into three thematic groups: Adoration, Spiritual Wayfarers, and The Good Shepherd. The finely crafted volume contains a variety of favorites, including Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, and Go, Tell It on the Mountain. The selections are accompanied by pertinent lines from corresponding psalms and further illuminated by distinctive illustrations painted in swirling shades of blue and gold, or poignant color photographs of children. The songs are framed by essays written by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and Gloria Pinkney, both of whom speak eloquently of the magical influence music can have on adults and children. Gloria Pinkney sings the songs in her pleasant alto to...


Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
Andrea Davis Pinkney
0786805684
April 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The talented husband-and-wife team behind Duke Ellington turns to jazz biography once again, this time showcasing the First Lady of Song. Narrated by Scat Cat Monroe, a feline in a zoot suit, the book spins four "tracks" on Fitzgerald's life, from her childhood in Yonkers performing on street corners, to her discovery at a 1934 talent contest at the legendary Apollo Theatre to her move into the "ping-pong rhythms" of bebop. Whether swinging at the Savoy "to a house packed tighter than the A train" or breaking the racial barrier at many clubs ("Ella's popularity showed them that a true star has no color it just shines"), the singer's career is expertly framed to fit a picture book format. The prose, while occasionally labored, swings to a syncopated beat and piles on the synesthesia ("Ella rolled out a tune sweet...


The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Patricia C. McKissack
0679890068
December 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
These 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers (fourth through eighth graders) thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes. One tale, set in the segregated South of the 1940s, tells of a black man's ghost avenging his murder by a white klansman. McKissack's prose is smooth and understated, and its sense of foreboding is powerfully enhanced by Brian Pinkney's black-and-white scratch board illustrations. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
In these stories?"haunting in both...


Hush, Little Baby
Brian Pinkney
0060559934
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreS–This version of a favorite lullaby features a spinning top (in place of a billy goat); a dog named Pearl (rather than a cart and bull); and a fire truck returning the baby girl to the house where Mamas gonna sing you a lullaby. Pinkneys colored-ink paintings show an early 1900s African-American father and his young guitar-playing son entertaining baby sister, who is sad that mama has gone off for the day. Each full-page painting or spread is artistically placed against a colored background, with a phrase or two of supersize text curved around it. The pleasing, exaggerated curves of the prancing horse; the leaping, seemingly weightless father and children; and the energy of the lurching fire engine make the pictures come alive. A portrait of the whole happy family provides a satisfying conclusion....


Sleeping Cutie
Andrea Davis Pinkney
0152025448
September 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–No one is more adept at avoiding bedtime than Cutie LaRue. After being driven to distraction, the child's exasperated parents find a magical remedy for those sleepless nights. They order a talking Night Owl doll from the Trusty Trinket toy catalog. After Mom and Dad leave the bedroom, Night Owl comes to life and takes Cutie to the Dreamland Nightclub, where the party never stops. It's a rollicking good time finding out whether or not Cutie's shenanigans with the Slumber Brothers, Satin Doll, and Sandman will ever tucker her out. Bright watercolor spreads are a perfect canvas for Brian Pinkney's playful trademark pen-and-ink illustrations. A satisfying read-aloud for little insomniacs.–Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright © Reed Business...


Hush, Little Baby
Brian Pinkney
0060559942
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreS–This version of a favorite lullaby features a spinning top (in place of a billy goat); a dog named Pearl (rather than a cart and bull); and a fire truck returning the baby girl to the house where Mamas gonna sing you a lullaby. Pinkneys colored-ink paintings show an early 1900s African-American father and his young guitar-playing son entertaining baby sister, who is sad that mama has gone off for the day. Each full-page painting or spread is artistically placed against a colored background, with a phrase or two of supersize text curved around it. The pleasing, exaggerated curves of the prancing horse; the leaping, seemingly weightless father and children; and the energy of the lurching fire engine make the pictures come alive. A portrait of the whole happy family provides a satisfying conclusion....


Pretty Brown Face: Family Celebration Board Books
Andrea Davis Pinkney
0152006435
February 1997
Board Book
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Book Description
Help boil the greens, flip the fish, and slice the pie for a mouth-watering family meal in I Smell Honey, then join the fun as a baby boy discovers the unique features that make his face so special in Pretty Brown Face. In Shake Shake Shake and Watch Me Dance, explore the joys of rhythm and movement. These spirited board books celebrate the loving closeness of an African American family.


Bill Pickett
Andrea Davis Pinkney
015200100X
Oct 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
Probably no other black cowboy has been as celebrated as Bill Pickett. A rodeo star, he has been honored with a postage stamp and has been the subject of a handful of books, including Bill Pickett, Bulldogger: The Biography of a Black Cowboy and Guts: Legendary Black Rodeo Cowboy Bill Pickett. Add to that list the children's book Bill Pickett: Rodeo Ridin' Cowboy by Andrea Pinkney. No matter how you feel about rodeo, it's hard not to admire Pickett, who was known to bring an unruly steer to its knees by taking a bite out of the animal's upper lip.

From Publishers Weekly
The husband-and-wife team behind Dear Benjamin Banneker and Alvin Ailey continue their superb profiles of noteworthy African Americans with this rip-roarin' salute to a legendary cowboy. Andrea...


Watch Me Dance
Andrea Davis Pinkney
0152006311
Oct 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Help boil the greens, flip the fish, and slice the pie for a mouth-watering family meal in I Smell Honey, then join the fun as a baby boy discovers the unique features that make his face so special in Pretty Brown Face. In Shake Shake Shake and Watch Me Dance, explore the joys of rhythm and movement. These spirited board books celebrate the loving closeness of an African American family.


Dear Benjamin Banneker
Andrea Pinkney
0152018921
September 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Banneker, an 18th-century astronomer and mathematician, was a free African American who corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about ending slavery. In a starred review, PW called this illustrated biography "a memorable portrait." Ages 6-10. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-This look at the life and times of the 18th-century black scientist is accompanied by Brian Pinkney's full-page masterful and luminous scratchboard/ oil paintings. Andrea Pinkney provides a basic outline of her subject's youth and years as a tobacco farmer, his passion for learning and interest in astronomy, and his decision to write an almanac. She focuses the account on an exchange of letters in 1791, when Banneker sent a copy of his newly printed...


Shake Shake Shake
Andrea Davis Pinkney
015200632X
Oct 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Help boil the greens, flip the fish, and slice the pie for a mouth-watering family meal in I Smell Honey, then join the fun as a baby boy discovers the unique features that make his face so special in Pretty Brown Face. In Shake Shake Shake and Watch Me Dance, explore the joys of rhythm and movement. These spirited board books celebrate the loving closeness of an African American family.


Jojo's Flying Side Kick
B. Brian Pinkney
0689821921
November 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Writing about a boy trying to earn a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, Pinkney (who holds a black belt in that art) "effortlessly gets into the mind of his protagonist," said PW. "Energetic scratchboard illustrations swirl with movement." Ages 5-8. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?In order for JoJo to advance from a white to a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, she must break a board with a flying side kick. Little wonder she worries! Everyone offers support and advice. Granddaddy recommends that she do a little fancy footwork "to chase away the jitters," the way he did before his boxing matches. Her friend advises her that, when she yells "KIAH," she should make it come from deep in her stomach for greater power. Her mother...

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