FICTION

Who Are Your People?

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Jan. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063082854.
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PreS-Gr 3–In this inspirational picture book that depicts children from the African Diaspora, readers can reflect on who they are and where their ancestors came from. The book opens on a scene of a father sharing with his children the importance of their heritage, their lineage, and how far they have come in overcoming obstacles from the time of their ancestors to the present. Sellers covers the very beginning of the forefathers’ journey via the slave trade; the candidness of this story follows the time line of many African people who, through struggles, became Americans in the new land. The illustrations reveal the anguish along the way, as well as the march for equality in later years. Sellers lets the readers know that although the road may be filled with trials and obstacles along the way, they can still emerge out of a situation that can be seen as hopeless to become anything and anyone.
VERDICT A motivational story of knowing and embracing family birthright, this book is great for every collection for kids.

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