By Michelle Martin
Brown Gold is a compelling historical past and research of African-American kid's picturebooks from the mid-nineteenth century to the current. on the flip of the 19th century, solid kid's books approximately black existence have been tough to discover — if, certainly, younger black readers and their mom and dad may even achieve access into the bookstores and libraries. yet this day, within the "Golden Age" of African-American kid's picturebooks, you can find a wealth of titles starting from Happy to be Nappy to Black is Brown is Tan. during this e-book, Michelle Martin explores how the style has developed from problematical early works equivalent to Epaminondas that have been rooted in minstrelsy and stereotype, throughout the civil rights stream, and onward to modern celebrations of blackness. She demonstrates the cultural value of up to date favorites via willing ancient research — scrutinizing the toughness and proliferation of the Coontown sequence and Ten Little Niggers books, for instance — that makes transparent how few picturebooks existed during which black kids may perhaps see themselves and their humans certainly represented even up till the Nineteen Sixties. Martin additionally explores how kid's authors and illustrators have addressed significant matters in black lifestyles and background together with racism, the civil rights circulate, black feminism, significant historic figures, faith, and slavery. Brown Gold provides new intensity to the reader's figuring out of African-American literature and tradition, and illuminates how the around, dynamic characters in those kid's novels, novellas, and picturebooks can positioned a face at the prior, a face with which many modern readers can identify.
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Brown Gold: Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Children's Literature and Culture) by Michelle Martin