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The moving story of the first African American woman poet is compellingly told by Kathryn Lasky and brought to life with powerful illustrations by Paul Lee.
"We'll call her Phillis."
In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she'd had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.
But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.
Kathryn Lasky is the author of many books for children, including SUGARING TIME, a Newbery Honor Book; SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES and SCIENCE FAIR BUNNIES; and VISION OF BEAUTY: THE STORY OF SARAH BREEDLOVE WALKER. Kathryn Lasky says she was drawn to Phillis Wheatley's story because she was fascinated by the relationship between the writer's voice, her identity as a slave, and freedom.
Paul Lee is a painter and freelance illustrator. He has illustrated the acclaimed AMISTAD RISING by Veronica Chambers, and THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Joy Harjo. While working on A VOICE OF HER OWN, Paul Lee had to do considerable research to make sure the illustrations were historically accurate - research that even entailed renting costumes from a local opera house.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.34" Width: 8.42" Height: 0.42" Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2003
ISBN 0763602523 ISBN13 9780763602529
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More About Paul Lee
PETER GOLENBOCK is a well-known sports journalist as well as the author of "Teammates and five New York Times Book Review bestsellers. He lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida. PAUL LEE has illustrated two previous children's books for Harcourt. He lives in Placentia, California.
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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Jan 18, 2010
Born in Africa and sold into slavery at the age of seven, Phillis Wheatley worked as a servant for a family in Boston who believed, unlike most white people at the time, that slaves were fully capable of learning to read, write, and master the arts. Within just a few years Phillis was fully literate in English and had moved on to math, geography, and the classics. Her greatest love and talent lay in poetry, and as an adolescent Phillis was already reciting verses in society circles and publishing her own work. In the face of extreme discrimination, Phillis grew up to become the first African American published poet and the first African American woman to publish her writing.
Rich illustrations and clear text bring Phillis Wheatley's story to life and help to make her biographical account accessible to younger readers. The narrative also touches on some of the economic aspects of slavery and reasons why whites were unwilling to empower slaves with educations, making the book a valuable resource for educating children about the history of slavery and the importance of social justice.