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Let's clap, jump, sing, and shout; dance, spin, and turn it out! : games, songs, and stories from an African American childhood

McKissack, Pat 1944- (author.). Pinkney, J. Brian, (illustrator.).

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  • ISBN: 0375970886 (glb)
  • ISBN: 9780375970887 (glb)
  • ISBN: 0375870881
  • ISBN: 9780375870880
  • Physical Description: 173 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: African American children
African Americans Songs and music
African Americans Games
African Americans Social life and customs

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2016 December
    Gr 2–6—Children's literature powerhouses McKissack and Pinkney team up for the second time, creating a dynamic collection of songs, rhymes, and stories with origins in the African American diaspora. McKissack recalls most of the examples from her childhood in Missouri and Tennessee and shares her own versions as well as memories and anecdotes. However, this volume is far from just a trip down memory lane. The extensive research, much of which the author attributes to her late husband in the thorough back matter, highlights the histories behind these classics. McKissack weaves this research together fluidly in a storylike format with accessible language. Many pieces have changed over time, and she acknowledges this evolution by presenting different versions and iterations. The content represents a wide range of formats and includes performance poetry by Langston Hughes, Anansi trickster tales, Christian spirituals, Underground Railroad hymns, proverbs, and such standards as "Miss Mary Mack" and "If You're Happy and You Know It." Pinkney's artistry brings even more joy to this lively assortment. His distinctive broad brushstrokes, bright watercolors, and playful characterizations add a splash of color and light. Each section heading features a large, vibrant illustration, with other color and black-and-white vignettes peppered throughout the chapters. VERDICT Part songbook, part research text, this work is perfect for families to share together or for young scholars who seek to discover an important piece of cultural history. McKissack and Pinkney capture the essence of the songs, stories, and play of an African American childhood.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA. Copyright 2016 School Library Journal.
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