Catching the Fire

For eighty years Philip Simmons has molded lumps of metal into beautiful ornamental gates, fences, and railings. In the only book for young readers about this amazing African-American craftsman, Mary E. Lyons crafts a vivid portrait of a remarkable man and his art. Researching the book with intricate care, Lyons visited frequently with Simmons and his coworkers. Using the artist's own words, she has pulled together not only a vision of the man...

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Talking With Tebé

Born in northwest Louisiana in 1886. Called Tebé by her family, Hunter lived and worked on Melrose Plantation for more than 75 years. In colors as bright as the Louisiana sky, she shows the backbreaking work required to pick cotton, gather figs, cut sugar cane, and harvest pecans. Tebé's art portrays the good times, too. Scenes of baptisms, weddings, and church socials celebrate a rich community life that helped the workers survive....

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Keeping Secrets - The Girlhood Diaries of Seven Woman Writers

Mary E. Lyons, a former teacher and librarian, became a full-time writer in 1993. She is the author of nineteen books for young readers published by Scribner, Atheneum, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Oxford University Press. Born and raised in the American South, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Paul. Her latest publication, written for adults, is a concise, narrative history of the Virginia Blue Blue Ridge Tunnel--The...

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Stitching Stars

Interesting history of story quilts tells about the particular quilts of Harriet Powers but also about the history of applique use.It seems this skill was also utilized in Africa where it is still commonly used and by men no less.The work and artistry seen in these quilts is very impressive, even more so when one considers it was all done by hand.Thank goodness for people who realized these works needed to be preserved and needed to be purchased...

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