In this fascinating compendium, Alice Provensen creates an album that reveals the words and deeds of fellow Americans in elegant pictures brimming with lively detail. An eclectic sampling of Americans is represented-from Pocahontas to Henry Ford, Sojourner Truth to Jim Henson, and Al Capone to Dr. Seuss. By showing us the myriad personalities who have influenced our lives, Mrs. Provensen provides remarkable insight into what it means to be a part of the American family. “Inspiring is the best adjective to describe this very personal book.”-USA Today
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In this illustrated "family album," Caldecott medalist Alice Provensen offers a unique glimpse of the people who shaped America, from Pocahontas to Edgar Allan Poe to Martin Luther King Jr. This 60-page, oversized hardcover is rich with portraits of artists, enduring icons, outlaws, radicals, visionaries, composers, writers, inventors, and reformers. On the "Naturalists and Ecologists" page, Rachel Carson is joined by water analyst Ellen Swallow Richards, painter and ornithologist John James Audubon, and agricultural chemist George Washington Carver. While quotations from famous Americans mark every page, the book's focus is purely pictorial. The visual montages present an interesting jumping-off point for further exploration of some of America's rogues and luminaries.
"Like all families," Provenson writes in her introduction, "my American family has its rich uncles and poor relations, its atheists and believers, its scoundrels and bigots, its gifted and compassionate. Above all, these relatives are individuals, idiosyncratic and exceptional. In general I have been able to group them here by thought, by behavior, by métier.... Pictured on the end sheets, front and back, are individuals who defy classification--Americans who are known for a single or unique act, invention, comment, work of art, tragedy, or who are somehow larger than life and have come to represent our myths and legends, our fantasies and our foibles." (Age 9 and older)About the Author:
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Book Description Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, San Diego, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Provensen, Alice (illustrator). First Printing. DJ has light bumping top of spine, small closed tear in back, is protected by Brodart mylar. Tableaus and portraits of individuals who have shaped American history, culture and character. Bookseller Inventory # 4165
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0152766421
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110152766421
Book Description New York: Browndeer Press, Harcourt Brace & Company. 1995, First Edition, First Printing, San Diego, California, U.S.A., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. RARE SIGNED PROVENSEN BOOK. Oversized. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 5512
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0152766421 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0033667
Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152766421