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A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein

A Place to Land

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A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein
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Aug 27, 2019 | 48 Pages
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    Aug 27, 2019 | 48 Pages | 7-10 years

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    Sep 24, 2019 | 48 Pages | 7-10 years

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★ “Wittenstein’s free-verse narrative perfectly captures the tension leading up to the speech as each adviser urged his own ideas while remaining a supportive community. Pinkney’s trademark illustrations dramatize this and the speech, adding power and further illuminating the sense of historical importance. Gives readers a fresh and thrilling sense of what it took to make history.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ “The urgency of the text, underscored by boldface type marking the relentless passing of the hours, is complemented beautifully by Pinkney’s more contemplative art. The loose-lined pencil and watercolor-washed illustrations often include emotionally resonant background portraits of people who inspired King as he composed the speech. Collage elements are incorporated brilliantly, from scraps of newspapers, maps, and hotel wallpaper to torn photos of relevant landmarks (the White House; Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church). . . . This is essential American history, distilled into one of the most powerful picture books of the year.” —The Horn Book, Starred Review

★ “Wittenstein’s free verse, beautifully subdued, flows crisp and clear, leaving room for Pinkney to shine. Collage artwork gives the impression of torn fabric—a striking metaphor—with holes being patched by old photographs of hymnals, maps, marchers, and flags, adding texture and tension to the expressive pencil and watercolor renderings.”—Booklist, Starred Review

★ “Wittenstein’s riveting story shows that historical moments—and movements—are not inevitable; they’re shaped and changed by many hands and voices. In emphatic phrases and art alternatingly warm and tense, the creators’ moving portrait of the civil rights leader in consultation with others is an invaluable addition to the shelf of King biographies.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ “Wittenstein’s straightforward, informative text conveys both the urgency of King’s words and the weight of his responsibility as a social justice icon, but does not compromise the sobering reality of the country’s racial unrest in 1963. Pinkney’s warm illustrations are reminiscent of courtroom sketches, transporting readers into the historic moment. . . . Wittenstein and Pinkney’s collaboration is an evocative study in King’s speechwriting process. A work that takes a familiar topic and shapes it into a moving portrait of ­undeterred determination and conviction.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“‘We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers,’ declared Bayard Rustin in the late 1940s. A proponent of nonviolent resistance and a stalwart figure in the civil rights movement, Rustin organized a profound and peaceful milestone in American history — the 1963 March on Washington. ’A Place to Land’ (Holiday House, ages 7 to 10), written by Barry Wittenstein, focuses on the way Martin Luther King Jr. crafted and delivered his ’I Have a Dream’ speech 56 years ago this August. The opening pages feature King in the Willard Hotel lobby with Rustin and eight other advisers, debating the content of the speech the night before the march. The rest of the book, illustrated with enormous heart and rich textures by Jerry Pinkney, presents Dr. King’s inspiring words as part of an outsize pageant, featuring King, the crowds and others on the stage, including Mahalia Jackson, who urged King, ‘Tell them about the dream!'”—The Washington Post

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