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Zora Hurston and the chinaberry tree

by Miller, William, 1959-

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
Available (9)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J BIO j92 HURSTON Zora
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
 
Call Number  J BIO j92 HURSTON Zora
 
 
CLP - Hill District Children's Biographies j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
Location  CLP - Hill District
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
 
Call Number  j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j PS3515.U789 Z786 1994
 
 
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography J B Hur
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  J B Hur
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92H HURSTON Mil
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  j 92H HURSTON Mil
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B HURSTON 1994
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Biography
 
Call Number  J B HURSTON 1994
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Juvenile Nonfiction J 92 HURSTON
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
 
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
 
Call Number  J 92 HURSTON
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge Easy Nonfiction E MIL FAMILY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library - Eastridge
 
Collection  Easy Nonfiction
 
Call Number  E MIL FAMILY
 
 
Summary
The true story of the famous writer, who as a young girl, learned about hope and strength from her mother.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-8. Zora Neale Hurston, African American author and folklorist, wrote movingly about her strong bond with her mother and the trauma of her mother's death when Zora was nine years old. Miller's picture-book biography tells the story of the child's sorrow. Though he dramatizes Zora's clash with her father, who tried to subdue her spirit, the focus here is on the inspiration her mother gave Zora to go everywhere and give everything a voice and listen to the people's stories. When her mother dies, Zora climbs high in the chinaberry tree as her mother taught her; she reaches for the newborn sky and jumps at the sun. No source is given for this particular episode, but it's lyrically told, and children will get the metaphor. Handsome, light-filled watercolor paintings show the sturdy girl in overalls confronting her father, listening to the townspeople's stories, grieving for her mother, and surveying the wide, beckoning world her mother has given her. ~--Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At times effectively mottled, at other times hauntingly distinct, Van Wright and Hu's (Make a Joyful Sound) commanding watercolor paintings are the high point of this book, which recounts an episode in the childhood of the African American author of the acclaimed Their Eyes Were Watching God. Conveying the changing expressions on the face of the young Hurston as easily as they show the grandeur of the sky at nightfall, the versatile artists neatly capture the emotions in this lucidly told story. A stern father tells Zora that she should wear a dress (she wears overalls), read the Bible daily and obey him, but Zora listens only to her mother, who teaches her ``that everything had a voice: the trees and rushing wind, the stars in the midnight sky.'' So the girl accompanies the boys when they gather around the campfires at night and listen to their fathers' tales of Africa. On her deathbed, Zora's mother instructs her young daughter to remember the stories, which ``kept their people alive. As long as they were told, Africa would live in their hearts.'' First-time author Miller's affecting account ends where it began: with Zora climbing a chinaberry tree as her mother had shown her how to do; from the top of the tree, ``Zora saw again the world her mother had given her,'' and she ``promised her mother she would never stop climbing.'' Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hurston, Zora Neale -- Juvenile literature.
Hurston, Zora Neale.
African American women authors -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Authors, American.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Lee & Low Books,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Van Wright, Cornelius.
Hu, Ying-Hwa.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 1880000148 (hardcover) :
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