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Hope somewhere in America : the story of a child, a painting, and a president

by Pearl, Sydelle,

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j FICTION Pearl
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j FICTION Pearl
Born in Harlem during the Great Depression, a little African-American girl is named Hope Sequoyah for the promise of better times to come and the Cherokee chief who taught his people how to read and write. ¿With a name like yours, you must stand tall,¿ her mama always says. When Hope is five years old, her mama takes a painting class with Robert Brackman and Hope¿s life is forever changed. In her own words, Hope tells of how she gets another name and meets President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor ¿ all with her teddy bear by her side. This story is based on an actual painting by Robert Brackman and on traveling display with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This book's title is taken from a portrait of an African American girl with her teddy bear, which was painted by Robert Brackman in 1934 as part of President Roosevelt's Public Works of Art Project. In simple, graceful prose, Pearl imagines the child's story, and the first-person narrative is extended in the handsome, realistic, detailed watercolor paintings that show Hope at home with her mother in Harlem, then sitting with her teddy bear for a portrait by Brackman, and then, after the portrait is hung, meeting the president and his wife. Now the picture is part of a national touring exhibit, 1934: A New Deal for Artists, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A final note distinguishes history and fiction and includes a reproduction of Brackman's original painting. Many kids will see themselves in Hope, even as they will be moved to imagine the lives of more people that they see in pictures.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brackman, Robert, -- 1898-1980 -- Painting -- Juvenile fiction.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Juvenile fiction.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, -- 1884-1962 -- Juvenile fiction.
Brackman, Robert, -- 1898-1980.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Fiction.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, -- 1884-1962 -- Fiction.
Public Works of Art Project (U.S.) -- Juvenile fiction.
African American girls -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Juvenile fiction.
Painting, American -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's stories, American.
African American girls -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Fiction.
Publisher Rockport, Massachusetts :Twin Lights Publishers,2012
Contributors Sheckels, Astrid, illustrator.
Language English
Description 32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN 9781934907108
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