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Tricia Elam Walker

Autor/a de Nana Akua Goes to School

2 obres 197 Membres 9 Ressenyes

Obres de Tricia Elam Walker

Nana Akua Goes to School (2020) 119 exemplars
Dream Street (2021) 78 exemplars


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K-Gr 2—Nana Akua bears the ritual marks of her family back home in West Africa, and her loving granddaughter
finds a way to bridge the reactions of others to these raised scars in a story soaked with symbols and grace. A
generous look at acknowledging and celebrating differences.
BackstoryBooks | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Apr 2, 2024 |
K-Gr 3—Meet the residents of Dream Street—the best street in the world—in this uplifting picture book that
celebrates the power of possibility. A series of exuberant vignettes become so much more than the sum of their
parts. Overflowing with Black joy, this is an invaluable addition to all collections.
BackstoryBooks | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 1, 2024 |
Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker and Ekua Holmes is a beautiful and diverse picture book about a neighborhood and the community built inside the neighborhood. With a colorful and memorable cast of unique characters on the street, we get to see many generations and glimpse a little bit about their goals and dreams. As a future librarian, l loved Zion who reads "skyscraper tall piles of books" and wants to know "Can boys be librarians?" because he dreams of becoming one. It's a very pretty book with a wonderful sentiment and is very inspiring.… (més)
PagesandPieces | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 22, 2022 |
An open-hearted tribute to children with immigrant parents or grandparents.

Next Monday is Grandparents Day, and Zura, a brown-skinned girl of African descent, has a problem. Though excited, Zura worries about her classmates’ responses to Nana Akua, who has facial markings—a tradition of the Akan people of Ghana that identifies their tribal family. Sometimes in public, people have made negative comments and stared. When Zura tells Nana Akua her worries at home, Nana pulls out Zura’s favorite quilt, adorned with West African Adinkra symbols, and makes a plan to help Zura’s classmates understand her facial markings. On Grandparents Day, Nana and Zura wear African dresses, and Nana explains her markings, comparing them to tattoos. She invites the children to choose an Adinkra from the quilt, each of which has a meaning (explained on the endpapers), and they and their grandparents enjoy the personal introduction to Adinkras Nana gives them. Harrison contributes spectacular collage art that surrounds Zura’s family with colors, patterns, and objects, such as an African drum, pottery, art, and Black dolls, that connect them with West Africa. Harrison also illustrates a full page of Nana Akua’s face, gazing directly at readers. Her brown skin, full lips, gray eyebrows, tufts of gray hair at the edges of her head wrap, and her gorgeous purple, patterned fabrics all invite readers to see Nana Akua.

A wonderful springboard for cross-cultural understanding conveyed through deeply symbolic art. (glossary, sources, acknowledgements)
… (més)
CDJLibrary | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Apr 13, 2022 |



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