Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Powerful Words

Powerful Words

Fall 2004 Non-Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Wade Hudson
Illustrator: Sean Qualls
ISBN: 0-439-40969-1
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Too often the study of African American history is reduced to a timeline with Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement circled in red. Though these events are crucial, young people often learn about them without getting a sense of how extraordinary ideas are expressed in context. Powerful Words addresses this challenge beautifully. Not only are readers given well written historical “shorts” that foreshadow the writing excerpts, they are also provided some information about the impact of the words they read. For those parents who lament the decline of public discourse and oratory, this book is an exquisite read aloud.
Drego Little   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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