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Little man, little man : a story of childhood / James Baldwin with illustrations by Yoran Cazac ; edited by Nicholas Boggs and Jennifer DeVere Brody ; foreword by Tejan Karefa-Smart ; afterword by Aisha Karefa-Smart.

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  • 7 of 7 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Ridgefield Library.
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Ridgefield Library JF BALDWIN (Text to phone) 34010148135444 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Acknowledgments -- Foreword: Little man, Little man: we the children / Tejan Karefa-Smart -- Introduction / Nicholas Boggs and Jennifer DeVere Brody. Little man, little man. Afterword / Aisha Karefa-Smart.
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Four-year-old TJ spends his days on his lively Harlem block playing with his best friends WT and Blinky and running errands for neighbors. As he comes of age as a "Little Man" with big dreams, TJ faces a world of grown-up adventures and realities. Baldwin's only children's book celebrates and explores the challenges and joys of black childhood. This new edition includes a foreword by Baldwin's nephew Tejan "TJ" Karefa-Smart and an afterword by his niece Aisha Karefa-Smart, with an introduction by two Baldwin scholars. In it we not only see life in 1970s Harlem from a black child's perspective, but we also gain a fuller appreciation of the genius of one of America's greatest writers.
Subject: City and town life > New York (State) > New York.
African American boys > Fiction.
African American children > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Neighborhoods > Fiction.
Coming of age > Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
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Little Man, Little Man : A Story of Childhood
Little Man, Little Man : A Story of Childhood
by Baldwin, James; Brody, Jennifer DeVere (Editor); Boggs, Nicholas (Editor); Cazac, Yoran (Illustrator)
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Little Man, Little Man : A Story of Childhood

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987. (Bowker Author Biography)


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