CORETTA SCOTT by Shange Ntozake and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

February 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

corettaStriking, luminous illustrations enhance this poetic introduction to Coretta Scott.  Rhythmic, abstract verse follows young Coretta and her siblings as they struggle to simply get to school.  After Coretta marries, she and Martin begin their journey that takes them through boycotts, sit-ins, marches to the March on Washington.

But it is Nelson’s rich oil paintings that add emotion and power to this inspiring story.  The cover alone portrays Coretta Scott looking into the future, her gaze fixed on a faraway goal, tender, yet determined.  The breadth of the crowd at the Washington Monument is stirring and vast, and the scene of marchers carrying flags silhouetted against a bright, hopeful yellow sky is stirring.  A moving, lyrical portrait as well as a wonderful read aloud.

Highly Recommended.  Diane McCrink- Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library


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