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by Rod Brown,Ntozake Shange

  • ISBN: 0061337358
  • Category: Сhildren's books
  • Author: Rod Brown,Ntozake Shange
  • Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Collins (October 20, 2009)
  • Pages: 32 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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WE TROUBLED THE WATER is an important resource for teaching American history because the images and poetry bring alive the very heart of the period in a way an academic text is unlikely to do.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). WE TROUBLED THE WATER is an important resource for teaching American history because the images and poetry bring alive the very heart of the period in a way an academic text is unlikely to do.

We Troubled the Waters book. Award-winning poet Ntozake Shange and illustrator Rod Brown give voice to all those who fought for their unalienable rights in a triumphant book about the power of the human spirit.

Obie Award-winning playwright Shange teams up with illustrator Brown in this roughly linear collection of art . Worthwhile but best for older readers. by Ntozake Shange and illustrated by Rod Brown.

Obie Award-winning playwright Shange teams up with illustrator Brown in this roughly linear collection of art and poetry vignettes from the Civil Rights Movement. The first poem's title sets the chronology: "Booker T. Washington School, 1941. Thanks to the abstract nature of the artwork and the ambiguous word choices, the final poem, "Heah Y'all Come," accompanied by an illustration of the Washington Monument, could be about the famed March on Washington in 1963 or any of the gatherings since that time.

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Jim Crow; Brown v. Board of Education ; Bull Connor; KKK; Birmingham; the Lorraine Motel; Rosa; Martin; and Malcolm. From slavery to the separation of "colored" and "white" and from horrifying oppression to inspiring courage, there are countless stories-both forgotten and immortalized-of everyday and extraordinary people who acted for justice during the civil rights movement that changed our nation.

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress.

Information about the book, We Troubled the Waters: the Fiction, Hardcover, by Ntozake Shange (Amistad, Oct 20, 2009) . More books like We Troubled the Waters may be found by selecting the categories below: Juvenile Nonfiction, History, United States, General. Juvenile Nonfiction, People & Places, United States, African American. Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry, General. Tell us what do you think about We Troubled the Waters.

BookDragon Books for the Multi-Culti Reader. We Troubled the Waters by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Rod Brown. Although at first glance, this might look like a children’s title – it is essentially a picture book – the sometimes difficult contents make it much more suitable for middle grade readers and older. Her poems Crying Trees and Roadkill are especially frightening, with scenes of brutal death made all too real by artist Rod Brown: we aint nothin, we aint people, we animals, we roadkil. he words and images might be too graphic for the youngest readers, but serve as important historical reminders.

Jim Crow; Brown v. Board of Education; Bull Connor; KKK; Birmingham; the Lorraine Motel; Rosa; Martin; and Malcolm.

From slavery to the separation of "colored" and "white" and from horrifying oppression to inspiring courage, there are countless stories—both forgotten and immortalized—of everyday and extraordinary people who acted for justice during the civil rights movement that changed our nation.

Award-winning poet Ntozake Shange and illustrator Rod Brown give voice to all those who fought for their unalienable rights in a triumphant book about the power of the human spirit.


Reviews about We Troubled the Waters (5):
Whiteseeker
Magnificent. This is the word that comes to mind about the poems and paintings in WE TROUBLED THE WATERS by NTOZAKE SHANGE. It is a child's book. After reading the poems, I would call it a book with no age specified. It's about the struggles of the Civil Rights movement. The issues written about are in poetic form and tackle very heavy issues. There is: voting rights, Jim Crow, lynching, etc. It is also about famous people. For example, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King. There is a dedication to the Little Rock Nine. "To the Little Rock Nine with great appreciation"--Ntozake Shange.

The poetry hits the heart. The poetry made me really feel how strong African Americans are as a people. I was also greatly moved by each painting. The paintings are wondrous. Each one painted by Rod Brown whom I can't wait to learn more about as an artist and painter or book illustrator. No poem is unnecessary. No poem drags, wanders or is dull. What a powerful "child's" book.[...]
Adaly
The children and their teacher proudly gathered together in front Booker T. Washington School in 1941. They were proud and they would learn to read, write and sign their names so they would one day be able to vote. In another setting someone's mother, perhaps one of theirs, struggles on her hands and knees to scrub a floor she has no ownership in. She mustn't stop because she has children to raise. Three garbage boys pose in front of the cans they have to tend to. They can't understand why people throw away perfectly good food while their bellies grumble with hunger.

It was a white world and what wasn't white was labeled "colored." A young boy, holding his little brother's hand, shows him two words he mustn't forget. Colored. White. He has to know the difference in a Jim Crow world. Shot gun houses can fit thirteen people or more and a little boy can sleep "right neath the kitchen table/ ever so warm & smellin so good." Then there are the "Crying Trees" where someone's son is hanging. They aren't much better than "Roadkill" in some people's eyes. Later Rosa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Brother Malcolm would care and the signs would come down. No more colored. No more white. Just people.

When I read this book I had no idea where to place it in the realm of children's literature. It is one of the most amazing, shocking and touching visual and poetic treatises on man's inequality to man I've seen in a book intended for the middle school child. The artwork was hauntingly beautiful. I've never quite seen anything like it and probably won't again for some time. Perfection is very difficult to duplicate. This is a masterpiece that you won't want to pass up if you are interested in the history of the African American!
Dorizius
In startling verse and paintings, Ntozake Shange and Rod Brown tell the stories of the pain and suffering experienced before the Civil Rights Movement, the actions and leaders that led to historic change, and the vision of America as a country where race and religion no longer separate Americans. Individual poetic and visual tribute is given to the heroes from Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The authors remember and honor those unknown Americans who were also part of the Civil Rights Movement--- the school children who learned and used their education to build up themselves, the cleaning woman and the garbage boys, and all those who stood up in protest.

Ntozake Shange and Rod Brown bring together powerful images of familiar history to those who lived through these times. WE TROUBLED THE WATER makes history come alive, allowing the reader/viewer to feel the suffering and the courage of those who lived through that time. WE TROUBLED THE WATER strikes the emotions in a very visceral way. The images and verse about real historic figures provide an educational resource for children (ages 9-12). Several lesser known historical figures (Marcus Garvey and Bull Connor) are mentioned, giving direction for those inquisitive readers who want to explore more history of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the most compelling and shocking images emerge from the authors use of nature in the beginning river scene, "Crying Trees" and "Road Kill." These images trouble one deeply and yet few images anywhere capture the emotion behind the suffering and call for justice as these do. These images and words are not for the faint of heart. They haunt and trouble even those adult readers familiar with the Civil Rights Movement from study and having lived through those times.

WE TROUBLED THE WATER is a powerful, emotional look inside an important part of American history. WE TROUBLED THE WATER reaches that poetic place inside a reader/viewer, that quiet place that recognizes suffering and cries out for justice. WE TROUBLED THE WATER is an important resource for teaching American history because the images and poetry bring alive the very heart of the period in a way an academic text is unlikely to do. WE TROUBLED THE WATER shows the power, energy and vibrancy in history and society. WE TROUBLED THE WATER would also be a great choice for the bookshelves of those adult readers who lived through these times. Few books capture the suffering, struggle and hope as well. WE TROUBLED THE WATER would be a great resource for parents and grandparents to share with their children and grandchildren, reading aloud and sharing their memories of this period. Whether this book is used as a resource for teaching or during Black History Month celebrations or read by individuals and families, WE TROUBLED THE WATER is unforgettable. A keeper!

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