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Provensen, Alice

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ISBN 10: 0152766421 / ISBN 13: 9780152766429
Published by Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, San Diego & NY, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fascinating picture book for children which explores America's diversity in our people (good and bad), ideas, art, stories and in our conflicts. 61 pages including a foreword and observations for adults. Color illustrated throughout with multi-image end papers which go to the heart of the book. Fine copy; INSCRIBED: "To Margaret Lucky - with gratitude and admiration - Alice Provensen 1996" , SURROUNDED BY STARS DRAWN BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE. OUT OF PRINT. Bookseller Inventory # 12434

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Title: MY FELLOW AMERICANS: A Family Album

Publisher: Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, San Diego & NY

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Author

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: About Fine Dj

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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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


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)

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