Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Description:

Newbery Honor Book br Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book br Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book br br Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away br br Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair Less than an ox Less than a dress Maybe about the same as a lantern br br You an object An object to sell br br In his gentle yet deeply powerful way Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner tempering this with the one thing that CAN T be bought or sold dreams Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his workers Bryan has created collages around that document and others like it Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person s life on the plantation as well as the life their owner knew nothing about their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess Visually epic and never before done this stunning picture book is unlike anything you ve seen

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Beautiful Blackbird

Beautiful Blackbird Description:

i b Black is beautiful uh huh b i br br Long ago Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest The other birds who were colored red yellow blue and green were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too Although Blackbird warns them that true beauty comes from within the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings markings that detail birds to this very day br br Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan s adaptation of a tale from the Ila speaking people of Zambia resonates both with rhythm and the tale s universal meanings appreciating one s heritage and discovering the beauty within His cut paper artwork is a joy

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

Let it Shine

Let it Shine Description:

With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals This Little Light of Mine Oh When the Saints Go Marching In and He s Got the Whole World in His Hands The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations Come sing and celebrate

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song Description:

Ashley s autobiography is full of art photographs and the poignant never say never tale of his rich life a life that has always included drawing and painting Even as a boy growing up during the Depression he painted finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy he sketched keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls Even as a talented visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste he painted continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer and a multiple Coretta Scott King award winner As you might imagine his story is powerful bursting with his creative energy and a testament to believing in oneself It s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do it inspires

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem

Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem Description:

b Who built the stable where Jesus lay Multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan has a very good idea in this beautiful and moving new layer to the nativity story b br br Riding in an open Jeep across the plains of Africa beloved and nationally acclaimed author and illustrator Ashley Bryan found himself comparing the terrain to Jerusalem and the bumpy journey to that of Mary s travel on a donkey And he came up with a question Who built the manger where Mary and Joseph found shelter br The answer is conveyed in this beautifully crafted picture book that envisions a young boy a shepherd and carpenter both who out of love and kindness cleared the way for another shepherd and carpenter to be born on Christmas day br i The boy looked in the infant s eyes br i i And in his heart he knew br i i The babe would be a carpenter br i i He d be a shepherd too br i Told in gentle rhyme and illustrated with Ashley Bryan s enormous talent this is a picture book that captures the reason for the season in all its wonder and beauty i Who Built the Stable i is a celebration of Christmas of the kindness of children and of the new hope born with each new baby

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something from Everything

Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something from Everything Description:

Beloved storyteller and creator Ashley Bryan reveals the vibrant spirit of found objects in this magnificent treasury of poetry and puppets br br Little Cranberry Island It s a small island with fewer than a hundred inhabitants but it s got more than its share of treasures amp including the magnificent Ashley Bryan himself a world renowned storyteller and author of such classics as i All Night All Day i and i Beautiful Blackbird i Daily for decades Ashley has walked up and down the beach stopping to pick up sea glass weathered bones a tangle of fishing net an empty bottle a doorknob Treasure br br And then with glue and thread and paint and a sprinkling of African folklore Ashley breathes new life into these materials Others might consider it beach junk but Ashley sees worlds of possibilities br br Ashley Bryan s two foot tall hand puppets swell with personality and beauty and in this majestic collection they make their literary debut each with a poem that tells of their creation and further enlivens their spirit

Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry

Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry Description:

b i And God stepped out on space br And he looked around and said br I m lonely I ll make me a world i b br James Weldon Johnson br Thus begins Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan s collection of inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets Beautifully illustrated with his own tempera and gouache paintings Ashley Bryan s unique alphabet book will delight readers of any age

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum Description:

br Here are five Nigerian folktales retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story drum and illustrated with vibrant evocative woodcuts br

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Can't Scare Me!: with audio recording

Can't Scare Me!: with audio recording Description:

b From celebrated legend Ashley Bryan a lavishly depicted cautionary tale of fearlessness and many headed monsters b br br i There was a little boy who knew no fear i br br Nope no fear at all Not even when his grandma warns him of the giants the two headed giant and his three headed brother that is Because this wild fearless boy isn t scared of any many headed giants at all br br So one day he slips away He just takes off and leaves his grandma behind After all what does he care He s got his mangoes and the sunshine and his flute And he isn t scared one bit br br But our boy isn t really bad you know just wild And soon he misses his grandma So he turns around and runs right into those monsters He s about to discover that he may indeed have something to fear their terrible horrible singing voices br br This trickster tale from the French Artilles will have readers toe tapping and trying out their own singing voices

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

The Story Of Lightning & Thunder

The Story Of Lightning & Thunder Description:

A long time ago a very long time ago thunder and lightning didn t live in the sky Uh uh They lived right in a village on the west coast of Alkebulan called Africa today Thunder was a mother sheep and Lightning was her son But Thunder and Lightning no longer live on the west coast of Africa or in any village for that matter Where they live now and how that came to be is what this story is all about told in Ashley Bryan s rhythmic prose and vibrant colorful illustrations

Rating: 3.42 out of 5