Mary Carter Smith: African-American storyteller

 
9780966556803: Mary Carter Smith: African-American storyteller
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A biography of the Afro-American woman who gained fame as a storyteller and became "America's Mother Griot" or official storyteller of African stories.

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Gr 4-6 Each of these books presents the story of a woman of color who has overcome numerous difficulties. Mary Carter Smith suffered many losses in her life her mother and son to violence, her grandmother and second husband to cancer and yet she went on to a career as a teacher and a librarian, and later as a storyteller or griot. Guadalupe Quintanilla came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 13, unable to speak English. Put in the first grade, she was humiliated and dropped out of school. Not until her children were labeled slow learners did she become determined to learn the language herself in order to help them. Eventually, she became an educator, a facilitator, and an advocate for other Spanish-speaking people in her community. The story of each of these inspiring women is told in a straightforward, highly readable manner. The authors' admiration for their subjects is apparent, but hyperbole has for the most part been avoided. Black-and-white photographs are interspersed throughout. In extensive chapter notes, each biographer cites conversations, interviews, and newspaper accounts. Any collection would be enriched by the addition of these titles. Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

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