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The people remember / by Ibi Zoboi ; illustrated by Loveis Wise.

Zoboi, Ibi Aanu, (author.). Wise, Loveis, (illustrator.).

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  • 15 of 16 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ridgefield Library TRADITIONS Kwanzaa J394.2612 Zob (Text to phone) 34010150856234 Juvenile Holiday Checked out 12/13/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780062915641
  • ISBN: 0062915649
  • Physical Description: 64 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2021]

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"The People Remember tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. It begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and families. They spoke different languages and had different customs. Yet they were bound and chained together and forced onto ships sailing into an unknown future. Ultimately, all these people had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land. Sumptuously illustrated, this is an important book to read as a family--a story young readers can visit over and over again to deepen their understanding of African American history in relation to their own lives and current social justice movements. By turns powerful and revealing, this is a lyrical narrative that tells the story of survival, as well as the many moments of joy, celebration, and innovation of Black people in America."-- Amazon.
Subject: Kwanzaa > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Africa > History > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Children's poetry > Juvenile literature.
Multiculturalism > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Children's stories.
Informational works.
Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9780062915641
The People Remember
The People Remember
by Zoboi, Ibi; Wise, Loveis (Illustrator)
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Poignantly tying African American history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Zoboi's picture-book debut is a beautifully rendered exploration of the holiday. In lyrical verses with a smoothly rolling, sonorous quality, Zoboi moves through centuries, beginning in West Africa and the onset of the transatlantic slave trade and continuing through key moments in U.S. history (emancipation, the Great Migration, the civil rights movement) and highlighting cultural touchstones (soul music, hip-hop, poets and authors) on the way to the election of Barack Obama and continuing calls for justice today. Throughout, Zoboi artfully groups these moments together to illustrate each of the seven pillars, explaining both the symbolism of the holiday and its importance to the culture. Wise's warm, full-bleed artwork in saturated, splashy colors incorporates majestic portraits, meaningful design elements, and superb compositions to accompany Zoboi's verses, and even though they don't avoid the painful realities of Black history in the U.S., the overall tone is one of strength, power, and joy. Zoboi's poem is a master class in conciseness, expertly evoking powerful images, concepts, and emotions out of just a handful of words, particularly when paired with Wise's exultant art, and the robust back matter offers even more context and nuance. A must-have for holiday collections, but let its light shine throughout the rest of the year, too.

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PreS-Gr 3--A primer on the principles of Kwanzaa and an examination of the tenacious spirit of the formerly enslaved African people. Stolen African people from different cultures were forced to build uncommon bonds to survive the transatlantic slave trade. That they survived being separated from their land, culture, and personhood was nothing short of a miracle. Zoboi's gorgeous prose illuminates all of the ways Black people attempted to reclaim their rights as American citizens. They were often thwarted by a corrupt system bent on consuming African culture without respecting the people who created it. Zoboi creates a colorful time line that covers the horrors of lynching, the great migration, white uprisings, hip hop music, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Along the way, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba, which were first introduced in 1966, are celebrated. Wise's illustrations highlight the beauty of African American culture. Their color palette takes readers on an emotional journey that is also a brilliant blend of poetry, African, and African American history. Zoboi skillfully weaves together the narratives of enslaved Africans into a wonderful tapestry that is honest and beautiful. VERDICT Perfect for school and public libraries, this must-have offering celebrates African American cultural identity should be included in all collections.--Desiree Thomas, Worthington Lib., OH

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In her picture book debut, Zoboi employs magnetic, allusive free verse to describe the course of history as experienced by members of the African diaspora and enslaved African peoples. Simultaneously, the title demonstrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the seven-day African American holiday observance running from Christmas Day to New Year's, through historical moments and movements and great Black literary voices, such as the beginnings of Motown music, the civil rights movement, and the work of Alice Walker, respectively. Zoboi's lyrical verse ("While telling stories under the star-speckled sky/ about memories of the ancestors/ watching from way up high") is further strengthened by Wise's eye-catching digital illustrations, composed of lushly colored images realistic and fantastical, historical and contemporary, and painted with spectacular vibrance to portray the experience of African and African American people throughout time. A rich resource ideal for Kwanzaa and beyond. Back matter includes an author's note, glossary, detailed timeline, and further reading resources. Ages 4--8. (Sept.)

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