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Jerdine Nolen

Autor(a) de Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm

22+ Works 3,006 Membros 133 Críticas 1 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: Photo: Nancy Kavanagh O’Neil

Obras por Jerdine Nolen

Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm (1994) 615 exemplares
Raising Dragons (1998) 486 exemplares
In My Momma's Kitchen (1999) 434 exemplares
Thunder Rose (2003) 399 exemplares
Plantzilla (2002) 271 exemplares
Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life (2005) 190 exemplares
Big Jabe (2000) 136 exemplares
Pitching in for Eubie (2007) 64 exemplares
Calico Girl (2017) 53 exemplares
Plantzilla Goes to Camp (2006) 36 exemplares
Irene's Wish (2014) 29 exemplares

Associated Works

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life (2021) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



This is an exciting read-aloud with a tall-tale bent. Featuring AWESOME illustrations by Kadir Nelson.
ryantlaferney87 | 30 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Its a fun book for kids around 2nd or 3rd grade! Its imaginative and thoughtful. The illustrations are great too!
skerr19 | 30 outras críticas | Mar 7, 2021 |
Told through her journal entries is the story of young Eliza, separated from her mother, who was sold away by the man who owned them both. As she embarks on a dangerous journey of her own, Eliza keeps both her memory of her mother and her hope for the future alive by remembering and sharing stories that her mother used to tell her. Eliza's mother is vivid even in her absence thanks to to stories Eliza tells.
ImperfectCJ | 3 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2021 |
This fictional story about slave children aspiring toward freedom is told in the form of a folktale told by an unseen narrator. The parents of the children had been sold away, but told them about dreams of flying away, as free and easy as any bird. The stories took root, as the narrator tells us, in their hearts and minds.

One day, their cruel overseer knocked down a large bird that was circling overhead. The children snuck out at night to rescue the bird, hide it, and nurse it back to health.

When the children, John and Millicent, learned that John was about to be sold to another plantation, they decided it was time for both the bird and them to fly away, and in the darkness of night, the children ran off, following the path of the bird towards the west.

In an Author’s Note, Nolen explains:

“Folklore is filled with myths, legends, and stories of the magic of flight. In storytelling and literature the metaphor of flight and flying is often used to set the imagination free. Many enslaved Africans used this metaphor in order to escape the misery they had to endure.”

Talented illustrator James E. Ransome employs acrylics in rich colors to capture the mood of the story in mesmerizing paintings.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.
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nbmars | 2 outras críticas | Feb 13, 2021 |



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