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Saving American Beach by Heidi Tyline King
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Saving American Beach

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Saving American Beach by Heidi Tyline King
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Apr 13, 2021 | ISBN 9781101996294

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Praise for Saving American Beach:

“Caldecott Medalist Holmes celebrates this champion of color with wondrous multi-patterned collage.” —The New York Times

★ “Holmes’ stunning, intricately composed paint-and-collage images bring MaVynee to life in full color . . making each spread visually rich, realistic, and fascinating. King’s storytelling, Holmes’ artwork, and informative backmatter portray MaVynee Betsch as the larger-than-life Black environmentalist she was. A spectacular story about a little-known eco-warrior whose story should be told and retold.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “King crafts musical prose, skillfully connecting Betsch’s musical career with her love of the beach. Caldecott Honoree Holmes’s art, rendered in acrylic and collage, incorporates patterns created from handmade stencils and stamps, resulting in richly multilayered illustrations. A moving portrayal of a little-known preservationist.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “What a treat to read this beautiful picture book! . . . Holmes’ artistry enhances the wonder of the beach, MaVynee’s environmental crusade, and the historical significance of the story. This book provides an inspirational view into a rare piece of Floridian and African American history. . . A welcome addition to any elementary school library.” —School Library Connection, starred review

★ “This lushly illustrated picture-book biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an opera-singing African American environmentalist and activist . . . Holmes’ vibrant, multilayered collages aptly evoke the ocean and shifting sands, and are especially effective in capturing MaVynee’s determined stance, her brilliant outfits, and her seven-foot-long tresses. . . This story of a wealthy, sophisticated, talented, and larger-than-life activist deserves a wide audience.” —Booklist, starred review

★ “In this inspirational picture book . . . King’s engaging text gracefully pairs with Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner and Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes’s acrylic and collage illustrations. Holmes captures MaVynee as a caretaker and advocate, and her use of bright colors and handmade stamps elevate MaVynee’s special way of paying homage to her beach: adorning her seven-foot-long mane with colorful seashells and pins. . . Alluring.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Author and illustrator work in exceptional harmony here to bring MaVynee and the beach to life . . . Even later, when MaVynee returns to the now-abandoned beach, nursing her own depression, Holmes finds beauty in the sadness, using the long horizontals of the spreads to glorious and poignant effect.” —The Horn Book

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