MY HANDS SING THE BLUES

Book Title: MY HANDS SING THE BLUES
Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey
Category: Children's
Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing
Cover Type: Hard Cover
Description:

As a young boy growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother's Cherokee stories and the whistles of trains steaming through town. When Romare’s family, faced with unjust Jim Crow laws, decided to head north, tears stung Romare's eyes but he watched out the train window as the world whizzed by. Later he captured his childhood memories in a famous painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By. Using that painting as inspiration and creating a text influenced by the blues and jazz that Bearden loved, Jeanne Walker Harvey has created a story of Bearden's childhood. She describes the patchwork of daily Southern life that he saw from the train's window and the story of his arrival in shimmering New York City. Artists and critics today praise the collages for which Bearden became famous, collages filled with visual metaphors honoring his past, African American culture, and the human experience.


Notes:

Awards and honors:

2012 IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award, Primary Non-Fiction
2012 Gold Moonbeam Award, picture book
2012 Bank Street Best Children’s Book
A 2011 New York Public Library Best Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing


Audience: Ages 6 and up
PageNumber: 40
ISBN: 978-0761458104
Price: $17.99
CopyrightDate: 2011