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Catching the Fire: Philip Simmons, Blacksmith

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For eighty years Philip Simmons has molded lumps of metal into beautiful ornamental gates, fences, and railings. In the only book for young readers about this amazing African-American craftsman, Mary E. Lyons crafts a vivid portrait of a remarkable man and his art. Researching the book with intricate care, Lyons visited frequently with Simmons and his coworkers. Using the ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 25th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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I had the honor of listening to a lecture given by Mr. Simmons. He is a very humble and gentle man. This book captured his personality very well!
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Mary E. Lyons, a former teacher and librarian, became a full-time writer in 1993. She is the author of nineteen books for young readers published by Scribner, Atheneum, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Oxford University Press.

Born and raised in the American South, Mary Lyons lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Paul. Her publications for adults include The Blue Ridge Tunnel: A Re
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