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Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the "freedom chain." This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading. Profiled: Benjamin Banneker Frederick Douglass Booker T. Washington W.E.B. DuBois A. Philip Randolph Thurgood Marshall Jackie Robinson Malcolm X Martin Luther King, Jr Barack H. Obama II


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Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects' childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the "freedom chain." This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading. Profiled: Benjamin Banneker Frederick Douglass Booker T. Washington W.E.B. DuBois A. Philip Randolph Thurgood Marshall Jackie Robinson Malcolm X Martin Luther King, Jr Barack H. Obama II

30 review for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Now that she's told the story of ten black men who changed America, I hope the author will write a book telling the stories of ten black females who changed our country. It's hard to decide what I liked most about this book: the poem that introduces each profile, the incisive insight into each man's character, formative years, and noted contribution or the writing itself, which is filled with clever phrases or word choices that seem to suit each man and his time perfectly. While there is quite a Now that she's told the story of ten black men who changed America, I hope the author will write a book telling the stories of ten black females who changed our country. It's hard to decide what I liked most about this book: the poem that introduces each profile, the incisive insight into each man's character, formative years, and noted contribution or the writing itself, which is filled with clever phrases or word choices that seem to suit each man and his time perfectly. While there is quite a lot of text contained in the book, making it excellent as an introduction to these heroic figures, teachers could certainly explore one section at a time and even note the lives that overlapped. As I read, I felt as though the book was taking me on a whirlwind tour of men whose deeds and words should not be lost in the mists of time. Readers will be hard-pressed to choose whose story is most fascinating among those of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. or Barack H. Obama II. The vividly-hued watercolor illustrations provide additional depth to the subjects of this fascinating collection of stories. Taken individually, the stories are impressive and inspiring, but considered together, they represent a long chain of persistence and determination against impossible odds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    I'm really ambivalent about this book. It contained a wealth of insteresting information and I did enjoy reading about each man profiled. However, I have a concern that the book was written with rose-colored glasses. While it occassionally showed a negative side or mistake, it glossed right over them and went on to laud each man without reservation. Each man did indeed do much good, but I think even young readers need to see the whole picture and make their own conclusions and not be led by the I'm really ambivalent about this book. It contained a wealth of insteresting information and I did enjoy reading about each man profiled. However, I have a concern that the book was written with rose-colored glasses. While it occassionally showed a negative side or mistake, it glossed right over them and went on to laud each man without reservation. Each man did indeed do much good, but I think even young readers need to see the whole picture and make their own conclusions and not be led by the nose and told what to think. Another concern goes deeper than the book. I would like to see a time in America where we don't feel the need for books that just profile a single race or gender. It is a tragedy that black Americans in our history were ever treated unfairly due to race. It is unconscionable that it would happen at all today. I may be naive or I may have a different perspective since I was raised in the west by parents who never showed any notice of a person's race, but I do not see much (or possibly notice much) racism. Young people do need good role models, but I wish that we could teach them to look for them across all races and eventually not to even see those differences that really only exist skin deep.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    All of the men featured in this handsome volume have been the subject of numerous individual and collective biographies but Pinkney offers a freshness to these profiles through the aspects of their lives she emphasizes and especially through her engaging narratives which are colorful, conversational and often folksy in tone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bridget F

    Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award and was published in 2012. I found this book on the Coretta Scott King Author Award website, where winners in previous years are listed. This is an inspirational nonfiction book that teaches about famous and not-so-famous figures in American history. The book goes all the way back to colonial times and works to the present, teaching about role models such as Jackie Robinson, Mal Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award and was published in 2012. I found this book on the Coretta Scott King Author Award website, where winners in previous years are listed. This is an inspirational nonfiction book that teaches about famous and not-so-famous figures in American history. The book goes all the way back to colonial times and works to the present, teaching about role models such as Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama. Pinkney explores difficult issues like slavery, prejudice, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan in ways that are kid friendly. Pinkney has a conversational style that includes anecdotes, poems and a timeline at the end. Pinkney does a great job reporting accurately on important issues. She gives an insider perspective that is needed when discussing topics like those addressed in the book. I would love to have this book in my classroom and recommend this book for teachers everywhere.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hayes

    Ten influential black men—including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr.—are profiled in this husband-and-wife team’s vibrant collaboration. Andrea Davis Pinkney introduces her subjects with powerful poems, before moving into image-rich, introspective, and candid descriptions of each man’s influence on civil rights, culture, art, or politics: “[Malcolm X] thought carefully about some of the beliefs he’d held in the past, and how they Ten influential black men—including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr.—are profiled in this husband-and-wife team’s vibrant collaboration. Andrea Davis Pinkney introduces her subjects with powerful poems, before moving into image-rich, introspective, and candid descriptions of each man’s influence on civil rights, culture, art, or politics: “[Malcolm X] thought carefully about some of the beliefs he’d held in the past, and how they supported the idea that he’d been brainwashed by whites. For example, straightening his hair was Malcolm’s attempt to deny his black heritage by trying to look ‘more white.’ ” Brian Pinkney’s portraits of each man echo the multidimensional prose with their bold strokes and dynamic swirls of color. An examination of Barack Obama’s life and presidential election carries readers into the present day, placing the achievements of those who came before him into perspective. Though the text-heavy format may initially daunt some readers, the inviting narrative voice and eloquent portrayal of these iconic men and the times in which they lived make for memorable reading. Ages 9–12. Sherman, R. (2012, October 1). Children's Book Review: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney.(256p) ISBN 978-1-4231-4257-7. Retrieved September 16, 2014.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro Camacho

    this book talked about ten black men who changed the world forever and will never change. It talks about some of the most powerful black men like Dr king,Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, and our president Brack Obama. The first black president and they will run wild forever and ever.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maya Gutierrez

    This a children’s book highlighting ten important African American men who impacted American history in various times. Using a biographical format, the author creates a vivid and sensory impactful review of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack H. Obama II. Each profile contains historical detail and illustrations describing their various fights with injusti This a children’s book highlighting ten important African American men who impacted American history in various times. Using a biographical format, the author creates a vivid and sensory impactful review of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack H. Obama II. Each profile contains historical detail and illustrations describing their various fights with injustice and overcoming oppression to leave their legacy in American history, yet are short in enough in length to keep the attention span of its young readers. I enjoyed reading this book and learning about each person. I thought it was really neat that Pinkney used a range of men across all different time periods. This book would be great for any reader and would be a good addition to a classroom. I personally feel I have learned more from reading this book than I have in any history class.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Makayla Robles

    This book tells stories of ten amazing African American men throughout history. Each chapter opens up with colorful and vivid portraits of the men along with a poem to represent the power that each of them held. The chapters also talk about how each of the men came to be so important in the making of American history as well as some of their ideals and accomplishments. I really enjoyed reading some of their descriptions and loved how accurate they were. I also enjoyed reading each of their motiv This book tells stories of ten amazing African American men throughout history. Each chapter opens up with colorful and vivid portraits of the men along with a poem to represent the power that each of them held. The chapters also talk about how each of the men came to be so important in the making of American history as well as some of their ideals and accomplishments. I really enjoyed reading some of their descriptions and loved how accurate they were. I also enjoyed reading each of their motivations and influences and I was stunned how much they were able to accomplish and break historical norms. I also really liked how diverse each of the men were and it included some of my favorites such as Barack Obama, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr. From learning about historic figures, to incorporating beautiful illustrations and poetry, it’s really hard to determine what I liked most about this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Christopher

    This book goes through 10 African American men who changed America in different ways. I like the way this book is ordered because it goes all the way from slavery to President Obama and his inauguration. Every single person did something different to contribute to society whether it was science contributions, or Jackie Robinson breaking the color barriers in major league baseball. The author has a style of writing that I particularly like, I just would like him to write on other people that have This book goes through 10 African American men who changed America in different ways. I like the way this book is ordered because it goes all the way from slavery to President Obama and his inauguration. Every single person did something different to contribute to society whether it was science contributions, or Jackie Robinson breaking the color barriers in major league baseball. The author has a style of writing that I particularly like, I just would like him to write on other people that have changed American history in the African American community like Rosa Parks or Michelle Obama. I would probably do a lesson plan with this book about racism and discrimination but also great accomplishments that these people did. I would also add other African Americans that have changed our country, male or female.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kara Danford

    Genre: Biography (Collective) Awards: Coretta Scott King Award Audience: 5th to 8th grade A. This book is a collection of ten different complete biographies covering the entire lives of ten different men from birth to death. B. This book is a collection of authentic biographies filled with authentic facts and no invented or imagined dialogue. C. How was Benjamin Banneker born as a free African American during a time period of slavery? Why is it so upsetting to the masters for the slaves to learn how Genre: Biography (Collective) Awards: Coretta Scott King Award Audience: 5th to 8th grade A. This book is a collection of ten different complete biographies covering the entire lives of ten different men from birth to death. B. This book is a collection of authentic biographies filled with authentic facts and no invented or imagined dialogue. C. How was Benjamin Banneker born as a free African American during a time period of slavery? Why is it so upsetting to the masters for the slaves to learn how to read?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauralee Moose

    In this book the stories we explore the significant contributions of ten black men in America and learn about their life stories. We walk through the lives of black men from Jackie Robinson to Martain Luther King Jr. and from Booker T. Washington to Barack Obama. All of these men serve as excellent role models and brought about significant change in their time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenese Wilson

    I read this book for my history research paper and this book was great because you got to learn about how these men were so influential while flipping through a book filled with bright and detailed illustrations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Scharf

    Genre: Collective biography Awards: Coretta Scott King Book Award Audience: Middle school to high school A: This work would be considered a complete biography because each biography begins the day these men were born to when they passed away or their current position in life. B: I would considered these biographies to be fictionalized because it does not present documents, letters, or data of what happened. Andrea Pinkney is explaining what these men did and their life, but without any data. C: A f Genre: Collective biography Awards: Coretta Scott King Book Award Audience: Middle school to high school A: This work would be considered a complete biography because each biography begins the day these men were born to when they passed away or their current position in life. B: I would considered these biographies to be fictionalized because it does not present documents, letters, or data of what happened. Andrea Pinkney is explaining what these men did and their life, but without any data. C: A few questions children might ask after reading this work could be, "Did Dr. King have any kids?" or "Where is Obama now?"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Abdnor

    Amy Abdnor's Book Review (Multicultural/International, Historical Fiction, Informational/Biographies) Ten Reasons why you should read about the ten black men who changed America: 1. The men mentioned in this book are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Barack Obama. What a range of wonderful men and accomplishments! 2. This story can be read in it's entirety or port Amy Abdnor's Book Review (Multicultural/International, Historical Fiction, Informational/Biographies) Ten Reasons why you should read about the ten black men who changed America: 1. The men mentioned in this book are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Barack Obama. What a range of wonderful men and accomplishments! 2. This story can be read in it's entirety or portions can be read based on skills, concepts, and lessons the teacher is teaching or what the student interest is. Very versatile! 3. Appropriate for students in 4th grade and up. It would be awesome if teachers were to jigsaw and have groups of students (depending on how big the class is) study one of these men in depth and then present and teach the rest of the class! 4. Another awesome follow up activity would be for students to research and write about an 11th black male who changed America for the better. Why do you think they should be included? What criteria are you basing your reasoning off of? 5. Students could also brainstorm a list of 10 black females that contributed to society. How does this list relate to the list in the book? What similarities to the men have in this book? 6. The illustrations are beautiful! Wispy painting are found throughout the entire book and add an incredible amount of warmth to each of the stories. 7. First hand accounts are weaved within the story. Direct quotes, letters, and speeches allow the reader to be transported back in time. 8. A detailed four page timeline is included at the end of the book. It begins with the year 1731 and ends with 2009. The rest is still unwritten.....a neat idea would be for students to brainstorm and add to the timeline with events that have moved our country forward. 9. Sources, further readings, and recommended DVDs and movies are listed for children and teachers who are craving even more! This book is already a wealth of knowledge, but it gives readers the information needed to continue diving deep into this topic of study. 10. I believe it is the "little things" that make all of the difference when it comes to a story. One of my favorite things about this book is what the author chooses to name each chapter. Each chapter is not simply titled by their name, but a fragment that captures each man's character and values. For example, Barack Obama's section is titled, "Holding on to Hope" Jackie Robinson's is "Game Changer" and W.E.B. DoBois is "Erudite Educator." There are tons of rich vocabulary in this book! Great for context clues and being exposed to higher level words.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Boni Peterson

    This is a good start to learning about many of these black men. I particularly knew very little about Malcolm X and I was fascinated with his life. I would now like to read more in-depth books about these men. I'd like my 10 year old to read this and my other children as they get older. Also, I think it'd be great to do this book about ten black women that changed America.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adrianna Wesley

    Genre: Nonfiction Informational Age: 10+ years old Summary: "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" features ten black men who have played a role in changing America in a positive way. All the men featured have lived in different eras and time periods in American history. Their stories are told in chronological order starting from the early time of slavery to the modern era. Each section of the book includes a different man and the way he contributed to America. Comments: This was diffic Genre: Nonfiction Informational Age: 10+ years old Summary: "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" features ten black men who have played a role in changing America in a positive way. All the men featured have lived in different eras and time periods in American history. Their stories are told in chronological order starting from the early time of slavery to the modern era. Each section of the book includes a different man and the way he contributed to America. Comments: This was difficult book to get through. There is a lot of information given and there are many "characters to keep straight. But this book does make it easy to form connections between eras and events. Observations: There are pictures in this book which helps to break up the density of words. The pictures are bold and have rich colors which makes them a great addition to the book as a whole. Questions: How could the author have perhaps cut down on the amount of words in this book? Could the author have chosen less people? How did she chose who she chose? Was there a criteria she used? Use in Classroom: This book is a history lesson waiting to happen. The class could partner up and focus on one of the men featured and create a group presentation to explain what the man did and how he contributed positively to America. Theme: The theme of this book is everyone can make a change. A lot of the men featured did not come from the best families or situations, but they made a difference. This book goes to show that perseverance and hard work are necessary for making lasting change. Criticism: The main criticism for this book is it is not an easy book to get through. It is very long and word dense so it takes a lot of concentration, especially for younger readers. But this could be a good thing for a parent to read to a child before bed. The book has great information but consolidating it would be necessary for younger readers. Format: Picture book and chapter book Socioeconomic Status: N\A Race/Ethnicity: This book is all about black men who changed America. This book only deals with the influence of black men. Gender: This book talks about influential men. This book would appeal to boys around age 10. Citation: Pinkney, A., & Pinkney, J. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten Black men who changed America. New York: Disney-Hyperion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Reesor

    Pinkney, A. D. (2012). Hand in hand: ten Black men who changed America. New York: Disney-Hyperion. Citation by: Amy Reesor Type of Reference: Biographical Reference Call Number: Ref 973 Pin Content/Scope: The biography subjects are all African American men who have had an impact on America. The figures include well known people such as Jackie Robinson, but also introduces the reader to lesser known influential men. Details about their lives are provided. Struggles and successes are discussed in deta Pinkney, A. D. (2012). Hand in hand: ten Black men who changed America. New York: Disney-Hyperion. Citation by: Amy Reesor Type of Reference: Biographical Reference Call Number: Ref 973 Pin Content/Scope: The biography subjects are all African American men who have had an impact on America. The figures include well known people such as Jackie Robinson, but also introduces the reader to lesser known influential men. Details about their lives are provided. Struggles and successes are discussed in detail. The biographical reference would be beneficial to any school library especially ones who serve a diverse population. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: The publishing company was founded in 1991, and the author was awarded the Coretta Scott King Award in 2013 for the book. Arrangement/Presentation: The 243 page biography is broken into ten chapters and organized in chronological order with each chapter focusing on one man. Each chapter starts with a poem, a description of the figure’s childhood and illustrations by Brian Pinkney are included throughout the text. Relation to Similar Works: There are biographies which focus on African Americans, but this reference focuses strictly on men and includes well known figures as well as men whom may be new to the audience. The author has published another book on the topic of African American freedom riders in 2000. Accessibility/Diversity: The text is written at a higher level which may deter some readers, however the biographies are very detailed and explain the struggles the men had to overcome to achieve their success. The biography provides an opportunity for African American boys to make direct connections with figures similar to themselves. Cost: $19.99 Professional Review: Bloom, S. (2012). [Review of Hand in hand: ten Black men who changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney]. School Library Journal, 58 (11), 124.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Forrest

    I selected this book, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, as one of four informational books required. This particular non-fiction selection was one of the 2013 Horn Book Honor Winners. The information packed into this book is easy to read and would be a great resource for educational purposes such as research or investigative assignments. The life stories of ten powerful African-American men whom are prominent to American History are revealed through the wri I selected this book, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney, as one of four informational books required. This particular non-fiction selection was one of the 2013 Horn Book Honor Winners. The information packed into this book is easy to read and would be a great resource for educational purposes such as research or investigative assignments. The life stories of ten powerful African-American men whom are prominent to American History are revealed through the writing of Andrea Davis Pinkney. One-by-one, each man’s life from birth-including their successes, is shared. The author is careful to reveal each man in chronological order to their impact on changing civil rights in America. The book is well organized but lacks photographs to connect realism to the information provided. However, the book does display eye-catching illustrations to help create a sense of visualization for the reader. The writer’s passion is perceived in the Preface of the book. She shares her values and compassion for the men that she writes about. The writing is easy to read and formative. The author is careful to include an appropriate amount of details to help create an understanding of individual personality and determination. I personally valued the organization of the book the most. Locating one specific man’s name is simple, making it a great resource for specific information or an educational read. I would recommend this book as a non-fiction reading selection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erika Arechiga

    This book presents the lives of ten black men from different time periods in America. The book is organized in a chronological order that starts with Benjamin Banneker in the 1700s and ends with Barack Obama from modern day. Each of the ten stories are narratives that are easy to read and are accompanied by colorful illustrations. The watercolor illustrations also add depth to the lives of these men. Since each story begins with each of the ten men’s childhood, it gives a more personal experienc This book presents the lives of ten black men from different time periods in America. The book is organized in a chronological order that starts with Benjamin Banneker in the 1700s and ends with Barack Obama from modern day. Each of the ten stories are narratives that are easy to read and are accompanied by colorful illustrations. The watercolor illustrations also add depth to the lives of these men. Since each story begins with each of the ten men’s childhood, it gives a more personal experience than an ordinary history textbook could about these men. All of the black men influenced America in some type of positive way and this book does a great job of displaying all aspects of the men’s lives, not just their accomplishments. Each of the ten stories offers a different reflection and response because they are set in different eras. Because of the different eras, readers can reflect on what it must have been like to live in these eras. The facts about each men’s childhood also offer reflection because readers see these men as ordinary people. Readers can compare personal experiences with the men written about in this book. Not only that, but since the book has illustrations, readers can reflect on these pictures and think of what the characters are saying in each painting. This could be used to supplement a unit on black history because it does have all the factual information in each story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alyse Erickson

    Gender/age: This book talks about influential men. This book would appeal to boys around age 10. This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gai Gender/age: This book talks about influential men. This book would appeal to boys around age 10. This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gaining their rights (Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.). Pinkney shows the differences in these men, while maintaining their own story. This is a long text at almost 250 large pages with the back matter (timeline, bibliography and index). I don't think most students will want to read this book all the way through from cover to cover, but if the book is presented correctly, I think many students will want to read about these important men. Each chapter tells the story of a different man's life, and they range from about 15-25 pages apiece. Ten chapters equal one chapter for each month in the school year. Each chapter begins with a poem about the man, as well as a portrait done by award winning illustrator, Brian Pinkney. Citation: Pinkney, A., & Pinkney, J. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten Black men who changed America. New York: Disney-Hyperion

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina Getrost

    Wonderfully written look at the lives of ten important African American men, who rose above racism and poverty and many other obstacles to become leaders, pioneers, and statesmen. Each essay is preceded by a lovely poem about that individual; a collection of these ten poems alone would be a great little book. The biographical essays are presented in chronological order, beginning with the facts of the men's childhood and upbringing, to show how America was shaped by them, and how some of the lat Wonderfully written look at the lives of ten important African American men, who rose above racism and poverty and many other obstacles to become leaders, pioneers, and statesmen. Each essay is preceded by a lovely poem about that individual; a collection of these ten poems alone would be a great little book. The biographical essays are presented in chronological order, beginning with the facts of the men's childhood and upbringing, to show how America was shaped by them, and how some of the later men were stepping on the metaphorical shoulders of those before them. By the time you get to the final essay, on President Barack Obama, you can see the threads of the lives of the others that paved the way for his life and accomplishments. The chapters are written in oral storytelling style, with plenty of savory metaphors like "August brought on days hotter than the hinges on the sun's front door" that just beg to be read aloud or at the very least, reread and savored. Emphasizes the positive aspects of their character, their faith, hope and perseverance. Beautiful illustrations: swooping, freeflowing calligraphic ink lines on solid color backgrounds that give the essence of each's personality in an energetic jazzy style. Just a gorgeous book and a fascinating read, and a great inspiration to today's kids.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Makenzie Sliva

    As someone who's spent the last ten years reading dull and lifeless history books, Hand in Hand was incredibly refreshing! The book is divided into ten chapters, each one being about a significant African American man that has made a large impact on America. Each chapter starts with the birth of the man and it gives a background of them from childhood until adulthood.This is the information that textbooks typically skip, but I believe it's very important to know. It gives the reader a better un As someone who's spent the last ten years reading dull and lifeless history books, Hand in Hand was incredibly refreshing! The book is divided into ten chapters, each one being about a significant African American man that has made a large impact on America. Each chapter starts with the birth of the man and it gives a background of them from childhood until adulthood.This is the information that textbooks typically skip, but I believe it's very important to know. It gives the reader a better understanding of the person, making it a lot more interesting to read. After providing background information on each man, the story continues to explain the remarkable things that each man has done and the impact they have made. The ten men included in the book were incredibly important in the history of America and it's very cool to see them recognized this way. The illustrations in this book are incredible and the pops of color throughout the pages make it enjoyable to read. As a future Elementary teacher, I would definitely consider incorporating this book into my curriculum. There are many projects and assignments I could create by having each student focus on one of the men in the story. I highly recommend reading this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Pinkey, A.D., & Pinkney, B. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten black men who changed America. New York, NY: Disney. *2013: Boston Globe Horn Book Honors, Coretta Scott King Award, Notable Social Studies Trade Books Biography - Informational Age range: 9-12, Grades 4-7 This beautifully illustrated biography focuses on ten of the most influential African American men in American history. The text is organized chronologically from slavery-modern times with a timeline located in the back. The ten men include: Be Pinkey, A.D., & Pinkney, B. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten black men who changed America. New York, NY: Disney. *2013: Boston Globe Horn Book Honors, Coretta Scott King Award, Notable Social Studies Trade Books Biography - Informational Age range: 9-12, Grades 4-7 This beautifully illustrated biography focuses on ten of the most influential African American men in American history. The text is organized chronologically from slavery-modern times with a timeline located in the back. The ten men include: Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Phillip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama. The common thread between all of these men include perseverance, equality, determination, importance of education, and standing up for what is right. This book is a wonderful resource to have in the classroom. Students could create a class time depicting not only the men, but the events that they experienced as well. They could also design their own power point presentation focusing on one of the ten men by conducting further research. I really enjoyed reading this book and personally gained new information for each hero.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Jorris

    In this fantastic book, ten African American men are presented in a way that glorifies their accomplishments and celebrates their life and history. Benjamin Banneker, Fredrick Douglas, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. are all presented accurately. The book focuses more on their positive accomplishments, personal philosophies, and morals. It is a rare and stunning historical approach, and each character is handled magnificently. This book is an interesting book to critique. The select In this fantastic book, ten African American men are presented in a way that glorifies their accomplishments and celebrates their life and history. Benjamin Banneker, Fredrick Douglas, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. are all presented accurately. The book focuses more on their positive accomplishments, personal philosophies, and morals. It is a rare and stunning historical approach, and each character is handled magnificently. This book is an interesting book to critique. The selected stories that were told for all of the characters are fantastically written. The book’s art work is extremely interesting. Its pictures seemed to be created with water colors and acrylic paints. All of the lines and textures clearly depict the character’s shape to make the pictures pop out. Even if you do not read every character’s section, you can still read the characters summary pages before each section. I have always been fairly educated about African American history. My dad is half black, and when I was homeschooled, he always did his part in celebrating and teaching me about black history. I loved the pictures of the characters especially. The variety of colors pleased my eyes. Overall, I thought the book was fantastically presented.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Multicultural Book Intermediate Level Copyright Date: 2012 The genre of this book is nonfiction biography because it is the true story of ten people's life written by another person. The target audience of this book is intermediate level readers because it is a large book, has lots of words, requires a more advanced vocabulary than a primary level reader, and it does not have as many pictures. Bloom's Taxonomy Questions: Knowledge: Can you list all 10 men that are discussed in the book? Comprehension: Multicultural Book Intermediate Level Copyright Date: 2012 The genre of this book is nonfiction biography because it is the true story of ten people's life written by another person. The target audience of this book is intermediate level readers because it is a large book, has lots of words, requires a more advanced vocabulary than a primary level reader, and it does not have as many pictures. Bloom's Taxonomy Questions: Knowledge: Can you list all 10 men that are discussed in the book? Comprehension: Can you briefly describe how each man impacted America? Application: Predict how Martin Luther King Jr. and Fredrick Douglass would take action against racism today if they were still alive. Analysis: Compare and contrast four of the men described in the book? What are their similarities and dissimilarities? How do you think one would react to the others contribution to America? Synthesis: If you could adjust some of the ways each man approached their goal for America, what would you have changed to advance their success? Evaluation: Choose a man from this book you feel had the greatest positive impact on America and defend you decision as to why he had the greatest impact.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gaining their rights (Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a collective biography of ten black men who are important to American history. This book provides a good look into each of their lives and achievements. I loved Pinkney's writing style. It is very readable, even to the point of being "folksy" at times. I loved the entries of the men that were alive at the same time, yet had differing viewpoints as to how African-Americans should proceed in gaining their rights (Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.). Pinkney shows the differences in these men, while maintaining their own story. This is a long text at almost 250 large pages with the back matter (timeline, bibliography and index). I don't think most students will want to read this book all the way through from cover to cover, but if the book is presented correctly, I think many students will want to read about these important men. Each chapter tells the story of a different man's life, and they range from about 15-25 pages apiece. Ten chapters equals one chapter for each month in the school year. Each chapter begins with a poem about the man, as well as a portrait done by award winning illustrator, Brian Pinkney.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy

    Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America is written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney were the title does a very good job summarizing the book in few words. Each chapter is dedicated to a different black man who influenced America in one form or another, there are ten chapters and ten men that it goes over. The ten men are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther Kin Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America is written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney were the title does a very good job summarizing the book in few words. Each chapter is dedicated to a different black man who influenced America in one form or another, there are ten chapters and ten men that it goes over. The ten men are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, Barack H. Obama II. The great thing about this book is that it goes in chronicle order, the first man Benjamin Banneker was around the 1700’s and the last man in the book is US’s current President- Barrack H. Obama. Because of this the readers are able to relate to this book because they have lived through at least part of experiences these men have been through, and maybe even remember them happening like when Obama was elected as the first black president. It is a great book to get students intrigued and knowledgeable about some influential men in US history. Pinkney, A. D., & Pinkney, J. B. (2012). Hand in hand: Ten Black men who changed America.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McMaster

    I really enjoyed reading Hand in Hand. I liked that the ten men chosen were discussed in chronological order, because it helps the reader to see the transitions in history and the slow shifts in racist thinking from slavery to modern times, where a black man is president of the United States. This book was pretty hefty and was incredibly text-heavy, so I mostly perused it. But what I did read I found to be incredibly interesting. Most of these men I was previously fairly familiar with, and all t I really enjoyed reading Hand in Hand. I liked that the ten men chosen were discussed in chronological order, because it helps the reader to see the transitions in history and the slow shifts in racist thinking from slavery to modern times, where a black man is president of the United States. This book was pretty hefty and was incredibly text-heavy, so I mostly perused it. But what I did read I found to be incredibly interesting. Most of these men I was previously fairly familiar with, and all the others I had at least heard of. One of the main things I really enjoyed about this book was the introductions to each of these men. There was a page almost like a cover page, with his name, date and location of birth and death. There was also a poem that accompanied this, and they were all very well-written. They encompassed these men’s main beliefs and accomplishments in a brief, but creative way. I’m not sure if I would use this book in my classroom because of how text-heavy it is, but when we learned about these men I would definitely reference this book and show my class the poem that introduced him to give them a quick overview of this important man from history.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clare Wojda

    1. Genre - Nonfiction 2. Awards - 3. Grade Level - 5-6 4. It would be opportune to use this book during Black History Month alongside another book by the same author, "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters." Since these are longer books, I would read one profile of a black woman or man that greatly impacted the U.S. each day for the entirety of the month. I would also assign each student one of the people we learned about from the books to do additional research on and present on i 1. Genre - Nonfiction 2. Awards - 3. Grade Level - 5-6 4. It would be opportune to use this book during Black History Month alongside another book by the same author, "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters." Since these are longer books, I would read one profile of a black woman or man that greatly impacted the U.S. each day for the entirety of the month. I would also assign each student one of the people we learned about from the books to do additional research on and present on in class. The presentation could be in the form of a speech informing the class about their person or in the form of a one person play in which the student acts as if they are the person and tells us a little about their life in character. During this unit we would engage as a class and in small groups in various discussions about what problems these men and women faced, how they overcame them, what problems we face today in our country, and how we as students and teacher can be catalysts for change.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Pierce

    This book covers the lives of very important men in the history of the United States. Some of these men are very well known, while others are less mentioned but still just as important. The accounts of what each of these gentlemen did are told in detail with emphasis being placed on the parts of their lives that contributed to the furthering of equality within our society. A phenomenal part of this book is the poems that precede each of the biographies featured in the book. They are beautifully This book covers the lives of very important men in the history of the United States. Some of these men are very well known, while others are less mentioned but still just as important. The accounts of what each of these gentlemen did are told in detail with emphasis being placed on the parts of their lives that contributed to the furthering of equality within our society. A phenomenal part of this book is the poems that precede each of the biographies featured in the book. They are beautifully writing and provide a look into the lives of the gentleman being mentioned. The poems are refreshing to read while going through this book. On the other hand, this book left me missing something. The writing went into great detail where I felt it should not. The focus of this book was how these men were able to have an impact on America and I felt that that should have been the main focus of each biography. Overall, I think that this compilation of biographies is able to present a piece of history through people and is able to go through quite a range of time in presenting the information.

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