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Sweet Words So Brave by Barbara K. Curry
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Mar 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, nonfiction, children-s, middle-grade
Read in March, 2012

I was surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. Curry walks us through the history of African American writers, from Phyllis Wheatley to Toni Morrison. Her narrative is folksy and very appropriate for children, including middle school students. I am always kind of skeptical of books that teach children about authors they can't really read yet -- Why does a 4th grader need to learn about Ralph Ellison, really? But in this case, I think it really works. This would be a lovely complement to elementary school history classes. I would use this in the same way that I would use Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. Pick it up a few times through a semester or year to add a rich story to classroom instruction.

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