By Michelle Martin
Brown Gold is a compelling background and research of African-American kid's picturebooks from the mid-nineteenth century to the current. on the flip of the 19th century, solid kid's books approximately black lifestyles have been demanding to discover — if, certainly, younger black readers and their mom and dad may possibly even achieve access into the bookstores and libraries. yet this day, within the "Golden Age" of African-American kid's picturebooks, you will see that a wealth of titles starting from Happy to be Nappy to Black is Brown is Tan. during this publication, Michelle Martin explores how the style has advanced from frustrating early works comparable to Epaminondas that have been rooted in minstrelsy and stereotype, during the civil rights circulate, and onward to modern celebrations of blackness. She demonstrates the cultural significance of up to date favorites via willing ancient research — scrutinizing the toughness and proliferation of the Coontown sequence and Ten Little Niggers books, for instance — that makes transparent how few picturebooks existed within which black little ones may possibly see themselves and their humans absolutely represented even up until eventually the Sixties. Martin additionally explores how kid's authors and illustrators have addressed significant concerns in black lifestyles and historical past together with racism, the civil rights circulate, black feminism, significant old figures, faith, and slavery. Brown Gold provides new intensity to the reader's realizing of African-American literature and tradition, and illuminates how the around, dynamic characters in those kid's novels, novellas, and picturebooks can positioned a face at the previous, a face with which many modern readers can identify.
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Brown Gold: Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Children's Literature and Culture) by Michelle Martin