ONCE IN A LIFETIME…
A Review By
Rita Lorraine Hubbard
(This review originally appeared on YABooksCentral.com on March 30, 2009)
Once in a lifetime, when the angels smile down and the stars line up, the right story finds the right author with the right measure of courage and a singular mission. Then, my friends, an unforgettable picture book is born…and the rest is history.
Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change, is the book I speak of. Written by author and editor Michelle Cook, Our children Can Soar embraces the simple but memorable phrase that gained fame during President Obama’s election campaign: “Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Barack could run; Barack ran so our children can fly.” From there the book examines the enduring African American spirit, celebrating the wonder of the struggle and the glory of achievement…in the fewest words you’ve ever read.
Readers will be moved by this book’s powerful message, but they will also marvel at the unique manner in which it is illustrated: Not one, but thirteen rising African American artists have come together in one mind and one accord to contribute stunning illustrations to tell this story. Among these are award-winning illustrators Bryan Collier and Leo and Diane Dillon.
From Jessie Owens to Hattie McDaniel, to Rosa Parks to Barack Obama, Our Children Can Soar has something for young and old, children and parents, students and teachers, and historians and art lovers. Everyone—even the President himself, should race to the bookstores and grab this one before it’s gone.
This one is a treasure in a time when there are so few treasures left to find. Don’t miss out…buy yours today. Click on the picture to be taken immediately to Amazon.com.