6 star book. bass reeves was a real life paul bunyun. born a slave, he escapes during the civil war into indian territory. he perfects his shooting and...more6 star book. bass reeves was a real life paul bunyun. born a slave, he escapes during the civil war into indian territory. he perfects his shooting and learns tracking, languages and the country. becomes a deputy marshall under the hanging judge, isaac parker. belle starr turns herself in rather than be tracked by him. he's a sharpshooter that hates killing. if luke short were an artist this is what his art would have tried to look like. really great author notes. this should be in all elementary school libraries. the temptation would be to feature it only during black history month. Don't. this is real storytelling, not 'just' a black book or a biography for kids.(less)
this book will become a regular gift to give. biography of an african american bookseller in harlem (and also his family, one of which was a...moreFANTASTIC
this book will become a regular gift to give. biography of an african american bookseller in harlem (and also his family, one of which was a famous black preacher).
there are stories of kids reading langston hughes and paul dunbar for the first time, stories of dr. king and malcolm x. there is even a paragraph by ashley bryan(!) i can't praise this book enough, belongs in every library and bookstore in america. and to be read by anyone wanting a great history of bookselling, african americans and religious tension in twentieth century united states.
a story from the book, the poet nikki giovanni was told by the bookseller one of her books had been stolen. she was dissappointed, he told her it meant people wanted to read her so much they stole one of her books!
one small complaint, no idea how to pronounce the bookseller's last name and there wasn't a phonetic spelling for those of us that don't speak french. thats it, the only thing i found wrong w/the book.
another plus, the author is a ya librarian (wonder if she's taken any of the classes a.l.a. or yalsa offer...(less)
the only question about this book will be four or five stars. i'm only a few dozen pages into it. Cheney has reprinted articles from newspapers throug...morethe only question about this book will be four or five stars. i'm only a few dozen pages into it. Cheney has reprinted articles from newspapers through out the country, including several stories from san francisco newspapers. (sonome (sic) county was a hotbed of confererate sympathisers! especially green (grass?) valley? an article about the sermons preached after lincoln's murder. one pastor suggests it was because God thought lincoln would be to soft on the south.) Cheney's footnotes are niether too long or intrusive, always w/good info. along the way there is, accidentally, a terrific history of u.s. newspapers. this book should be required in jr. high, highschool and college libraries. a couple negatives, only one front page reprinted - would have been nice to see a few examples. Cheney doesn't write an introduction (i'm old enough that i've started reading them) so you're dropped in the middle of the news story, just as if you'd picked up the paper on sept 10 and 11 2001. the book is a thousand pages too short! what about harpers ferry?,what about gettysburg address, what about the burning of atlanta? i want this book to be the size of the OED. the short intro tin the book is by a politician and he critisizes "abe lincoln vampire hunter." come ona great idea, no worse than washington chopping down a cherry tree or throwing a coin accross the potomic. just a perfect history book that doesn't read like history.(less)
what was it like to cook in the 1600s and 1700s? just pop the can of the pillsbury bisquits from the fridge, put them in the oven for ten minutes, thi...morewhat was it like to cook in the 1600s and 1700s? just pop the can of the pillsbury bisquits from the fridge, put them in the oven for ten minutes, this put them on your own plates and dig into them w/a fork full of...
for starters they didn't have forks and until the revolution a husband and wife might share one plate, the kids another (assuming they weren't standing behind the parents waiting to be given food), the whole fridge and pre-made dough? no. you put the dough on a tree stump and hit w/a hammer 500 times then put in the oven. that much work, well there were slaves to do things like that (if you had money).
amazing what people went through, i was only on my grandparents farm once and remember churning butter, but thats all.
the art and writing are terrific, instructions on how to make the enclosed recipes for classroomsize groups as well as families. (less)
Dunbar is my new favourite poet! he wrote a lot of poetry in dialect, think of Robt Service writing of the South instead of the Yukon. this edition i...moreDunbar is my new favourite poet! he wrote a lot of poetry in dialect, think of Robt Service writing of the South instead of the Yukon. this edition is the two dollar dover, one of the best bargains i've gotten. should be able to find is work in the public domain, ie. Bartleby.com. one poem, The Haunted Oak, is written from the view point of an oak tree in which an innocent man was hung from.
if someone gave me a choice of books i've not read by Service, Millay and Dunbar i don't know whose i'd pick up first.(less)