Kadir Nelson’s illustrations are gorgeous. I love his portraits and they are definitely worthy of their illustrator honor awards. I also think this book deserves the Coretta Scott King author award. It is a wonderful summary of African American history boiled down into 100 pages. I love the grandmother narrator who is telling the story of her families journey from slavery through modern times. Sure it is a stretch to believe one family could have experienced every aspect of African American history, but it is still a beautifully told story. And the illustrations go perfectly with the story; I can’t stress enough how wonderful they are. I wish there was more detail to some parts of the history; it does seem like certain segments were very briefly described, but 400 years were covered in a little over 100 pages so Nelson had to be brief. Overall, this is a wonderful book that definitely deserves all the honors and awards it is getting.

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