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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

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HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Amanda Hayes
Sep 16, 2014 Amanda Hayes rated it really liked it
Ten influential black men—including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr.—are profiled in this husband-and-wife team’s vibrant collaboration. Andrea Davis Pinkney introduces her subjects with powerful poems, before moving into image-rich, introspective, and candid descriptions of each man’s influence on civil rights, culture, art, or politics: “[Malcolm X] thought carefully about some of the beliefs he’d held in the past, and how they ...more
Edward Sullivan
All of the men featured in this handsome volume have been the subject of numerous individual and collective biographies but Pinkney offers a freshness to these profiles through the aspects of their lives she emphasizes and especially through her engaging narratives which are colorful, conversational and often folksy in tone.
Autumn
Mar 25, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Multicultural Book Intermediate Level

Copyright Date: 2012

The genre of this book is nonfiction biography because it is the true story of ten people's life written by another person.

The target audience of this book is intermediate level readers because it is a large book, has lots of words, requires a more advanced vocabulary than a primary level reader, and it does not have as many pictures.

Bloom's Taxonomy Questions:

Knowledge: Can you list all 10 men that are discussed in the book?

Comprehension:
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Kyle Jorris
In this fantastic book, ten African American men are presented in a way that glorifies their accomplishments and celebrates their life and history. Benjamin Banneker, Fredrick Douglas, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. are all presented accurately. The book focuses more on their positive accomplishments, personal philosophies, and morals. It is a rare and stunning historical approach, and each character is handled magnificently.

This book is an interesting book to critique. The select
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Steve
Dec 12, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Genre: Biography / Non Fiction

Hand in Hand is about ten important black men that have made a huge impact of America while implementing a much needed change in the world. As a human, it is important to always stand up for what you believe in and to never give up when the odds are against you. That is the main theme of the book; each of these ten men had something that they needed to overcome. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, all man is created equal, and these ten men set out to pro
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Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Nonfiction Informational
Age: 10+ years old
Summary: "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" features ten black men who have played a role in changing America in a positive way. All the men featured have lived in different eras and time periods in American history. Their stories are told in chronological order starting from the early time of slavery to the modern era. Each section of the book includes a different man and the way he contributed to America.
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Sophie Gray
This book is a black history reading that gives recognition to several African American men who made a difference in the movement of anti-racism. The ten men are described by their significance to the country in a chronological order, explaining to the audience what each of them did and how it lead to the next significant event. The story line in this book is formatted very clearly, giving the audience an insight on how the history of African Americans and the accomplishments made by these ten m ...more
Kelsi Wilkins
Dec 05, 2014 Kelsi Wilkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
The Pinkney’s created a great Narrative nonfiction book about famous African American men in history. The authors talk about great men that changed America. Also men created items that changed how we do things everywhere. Many of these men fought against many obstacles so all men and women to be equal and treated fair. While some of these men overcame challenges and because the best at their skill. Some of the famous African American men talked about in this story are Martian Luther King Jr, Bar ...more
Melissa Morton
Apr 30, 2014 Melissa Morton rated it liked it
Shelves: tl307-spring2014
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney is a historically significant story that follows the lives of ten very important African American men who changed the course of history. Chronologically Pinkey has organized this book to follow the course of history and the interconnecting lives of these ten African American men. This story begins with Benjamin Banneker who influenced slavery in the United States, all the way through the current president Barack Ob ...more
Melody Wolen
Reading Level: 4th grade
This book contains brief biographies of ten black men who greatly influenced history. From well known historical men like Frederick Douglas, to more modern men like Barack Obama, this book provides surprising insight into history. This is a children's friendly, informative, and interesting biography which is not always easy to find. There are pictures that accompany the text which will help keep children interested and focused on their reading. One thing I really liked ab
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Jessica Moden
Apr 24, 2014 Jessica Moden rated it it was amazing
Reading Level: 4th Grade
This book gives the biography of ten famous black men in history from previous generations like Fredrick Douglass to more recent men like Barack Obama. The thing that makes this book unique is the biographies are not just focusing on these people's major life accomplishments, but an overview of their whole life. The thing that I really liked about this book is the pictures that accompany the text, which was nice to refer to and get a deeper understanding of the people I
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Alejandro Camacho
May 06, 2016 Alejandro Camacho rated it really liked it
this book talked about ten black men who changed the world forever and will never change. It talks about some of the most powerful black men like Dr king,Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, and our president Brack Obama. The first black president and they will run wild forever and ever.
Kodi Jones
Apr 29, 2014 Kodi Jones rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This is a phenomenal book that gives the reader an in depth look at the history of 10 great black men that changed the course of our country. Martin Luther King Jr, Jackie Robinson and Booker T. Washington are just three of the greatest black men to lead the united States to change. This is historical and very factual which is great for readers of all ages. It gives the reader a background of where the men came from and what inspired them to become who the did. I would undoubtedly keep this in m ...more
Melissa McMaster
I really enjoyed reading Hand in Hand. I liked that the ten men chosen were discussed in chronological order, because it helps the reader to see the transitions in history and the slow shifts in racist thinking from slavery to modern times, where a black man is president of the United States. This book was pretty hefty and was incredibly text-heavy, so I mostly perused it. But what I did read I found to be incredibly interesting. Most of these men I was previously fairly familiar with, and all t ...more
NYC Reads 365
“These are the stories of ten bold men who built a chain called hand in hand.” From Benjamin Banneker, born in Colonial Times a freeborn child, to Barack H. Obama, the first Black president of the United States, this book profiles ten African-American men who accomplished much despite the fact that many told them they could not. “Gripped iron courage to withstand: Degradation, Segregation, Humiliation, Hard frustration.” Race, poverty, and other challenges did not hinder these men. Instead they ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Feb 19, 2014 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
Hand in Hand tells the stories of 10 African-American men from different periods in American history. Each story is written like the author really knew the person. She didn’t, of course, she wasn’t even alive for most of them. What she did, though, was write about each person’s whole life, not just their accomplishments. It helps you understand how and why they accomplished what they did. This makes them much more real and their stories interesting. Author: Andrea Pinkney Illustrator: Brian Pink ...more
Alyse Erickson
Dec 10, 2014 Alyse Erickson rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
Gender/age: This book talks about influential men. This book would appeal to boys around age 10.

This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gai
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Kari
Dec 05, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: jr-fiction-642
Pinkey, A.D., & Pinkney, B. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten black men who changed America. New York, NY: Disney.

*2013: Boston Globe Horn Book Honors, Coretta Scott King Award, Notable Social Studies Trade Books

Biography - Informational

Age range: 9-12, Grades 4-7

This beautifully illustrated biography focuses on ten of the most influential African American men in American history. The text is organized chronologically from slavery-modern times with a timeline located in the back. The ten men include
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Becky
Jan 03, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gaining their rights (Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. ...more
Barbara
Now that she's told the story of ten black men who changed America, I hope the author will write a book telling the stories of ten black females who changed our country. It's hard to decide what I liked most about this book: the poem that introduces each profile, the incisive insight into each man's character, formative years, and noted contribution or the writing itself, which is filled with clever phrases or word choices that seem to suit each man and his time perfectly. While there is quite a ...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
Dec 02, 2013 Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America is written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney were the title does a very good job summarizing the book in few words. Each chapter is dedicated to a different black man who influenced America in one form or another, there are ten chapters and ten men that it goes over. The ten men are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther Kin ...more
Erika Arechiga
Nov 23, 2013 Erika Arechiga rated it really liked it
This book presents the lives of ten black men from different time periods in America. The book is organized in a chronological order that starts with Benjamin Banneker in the 1700s and ends with Barack Obama from modern day. Each of the ten stories are narratives that are easy to read and are accompanied by colorful illustrations. The watercolor illustrations also add depth to the lives of these men. Since each story begins with each of the ten men’s childhood, it gives a more personal experienc ...more
Makenzie Sliva
Nov 12, 2013 Makenzie Sliva rated it really liked it
As someone who's spent the last ten years reading dull and lifeless history books, Hand in Hand was incredibly refreshing! The book is divided into ten chapters, each one being about a significant African American man that has made a large impact on America. Each chapter starts with the birth of the man and it gives a background of them from childhood until adulthood.This is the information that textbooks typically skip, but I believe it's very important to know. It gives the reader a better un ...more
Alyssa Pierce
Dec 02, 2013 Alyssa Pierce rated it liked it
This book covers the lives of very important men in the history of the United States. Some of these men are very well known, while others are less mentioned but still just as important. The accounts of what each of these gentlemen did are told in detail with emphasis being placed on the parts of their lives that contributed to the furthering of equality within our society. A phenomenal part of this book is the poems that precede each of the biographies featured in the book. They are beautifully ...more
Hillary Forrest
Dec 06, 2013 Hillary Forrest rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
I selected this book, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, as one of four informational books required. This particular non-fiction selection was one of the 2013 Horn Book Honor Winners. The information packed into this book is easy to read and would be a great resource for educational purposes such as research or investigative assignments.

The life stories of ten powerful African-American men whom are prominent to American History are revealed through the wri
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Clare Wojda
Oct 03, 2013 Clare Wojda rated it really liked it
1. Genre - Nonfiction
2. Awards -
3. Grade Level - 5-6
4. It would be opportune to use this book during Black History Month alongside another book by the same author, "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters." Since these are longer books, I would read one profile of a black woman or man that greatly impacted the U.S. each day for the entirety of the month. I would also assign each student one of the people we learned about from the books to do additional research on and present on i
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Christina
Oct 24, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written look at the lives of ten important African American men, who rose above racism and poverty and many other obstacles to become leaders, pioneers, and statesmen. Each essay is preceded by a lovely poem about that individual; a collection of these ten poems alone would be a great little book. The biographical essays are presented in chronological order, beginning with the facts of the men's childhood and upbringing, to show how America was shaped by them, and how some of the lat ...more
Terri
Oct 22, 2013 Terri rated it it was ok
Recommended to Terri by: Battle of the Books 2014
I'm really ambivalent about this book. It contained a wealth of insteresting information and I did enjoy reading about each man profiled. However, I have a concern though that the book was written with rose-colored glasses. While it occassionally showed a negative side or mistake, it glossed right over them and went on to laud each man without reservation. Each man did indeed to much good, but I think even young readers need to see the whole picture and make their own conclusions and not be led ...more
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney is a historically significant story that follows the lives of ten very important African American men who changed the course of history. Chronologically Pinkey has organized this book to follow the course of history and the interconnecting lives of these ten African American men. This story begins with Benjamin Banneker who influenced slavery in the United States, all the way through the current president Barack Ob ...more
Sara
Apr 05, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
Audience: The audience for this book is intermediate elementary school. Because of the book's content and length, I think it would best fit 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Appeal: I think this book would appeal to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The book contains the biographies of ten men who changed America, therefore I feel it can be used as research for many different grades. The book is very easy to read, and can be used to provide students with true, important facts about the United States' history.
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