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CSK Citations by recipient > Julius Lester

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Jack (jack_wool) | 131 comments Mod
I will add comments about the CSK award books for Julius Lester. I wanted to note one of his books in collaboration with Jerry Pinkney that I especially like. It is not a CSK award book. - Jack

The Old African by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is my favorite Julius Lester book. The legend is awesomely retold and built upon by Lester. Pinkney's illustrations visually and emotionally expand the text allowing us to be drawn in further, opening us to the pain and beauty of The Old African .

Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Lexile Measure: 920L

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2006 author Julius Lester Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Winner

This is my favorite Julius Lester book. There are great author's notes and additional resource information at the back of the text. I will complete the review after listening to the audio presentation of the text.
I highly recommend this for both reading along and group reading.
Grades 6 and up, including adults.

Publisher's notes follow:
'Emma, a slave for the Butler household, is the focal point for this story of two families torn apart by the inhumanity of slavery. Through flashbacks and flash-forwards, and shifting first-person points of view, readers travel through time and place witnessing a family's heartbreak."

"On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest auction of slaves in American history took place in Savannah, Georgia. More than 400 slaves were sold. On the first day of the auction, the skies darkened and torrential rain began falling. The rain continued throughout the two days, stopping only when the auction had ended. The simultaneity of the rain storm with the auction led to these two days being called "the weeping time." Master storyteller Julius Lester has taken this footnote of history and created the crowning achievement of his literary career."

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1988 CSK author Julius Lester Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Honor

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is my favorite retelling of the Uncle Remus collection. There is an excellent introduction by Augustus Baker, former Coordinator of Children's Services of the New York Public Library and Storyteller-in-Residences at the University of South Carolina. Julius Lester's forward explains the background and context of Joel Chandler Harris' collection and the adjustments Lester made in the retelling. He has removed the most troubling aspect of the original Harris collection, the social setting in which the tales were told. This removed the setting as a barrier to enjoying the stories and their living place in the rich genre of African American folklore.

The illustrations by Jerry Pinkney add to the collection without overwhelming the reader with Pinkney tremendous renderings. All of Julius Lester's retelling of the Uncle Remus stories are collected in Uncle Remus: the Complete Tales and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 7

For more information on Julius Lester: (Official site)

For more information on Jerry Pinkney: (official site)

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1983 author Julius Lester This Strange New Feeling: Three Love Stories from Black History Honor
Review to follow... Jack
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Lexile Measure: 840L

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