A celebration of President Obama's ties to Hawaii highlights the state's cultural traditions and includes photos from Barack Obama's childhood.
Barack Obama is the first United States President to be born in Hawai'i, the Aloha State. A President from Hawai'i-originally distributed exclusively in that state-explores the unique history and cultural traditions of President Obama's birthplace. In addition to the well-known concept of aloha, it introduces such Hawaiian concepts as kokua (to help), lokahi (unity), and ohana (family), among others, and includes quotes from Barack Obama's speeches, books, and interviews that reflect and embrace these themes.
Dr. Carolan was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Hawai'i in 1977. A pediatrician in private practice on the island of Kauai since 1979, Dr. Carolan has written six other children's books with Hawaiian themes.
Joanna Carolan was born in San Francisco. Her grandparents moved to Kauai in 1967, and she spent part of her teenage years living with them in Wailua. She is an artist and owner of a studio and gallery on Kauai, Hawaii.
Elizabeth Zunon is the illustrator of My Hands Sing the Blues and Lala Salama.Born in New York State, she grew up on the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and now lives in upstate New York.
$15.99 Hardcover ($19.00 CAN) -- ISBN: 978-0-7636-5230-2
24 pages - Ages 7 to 10 -- www.candlewick.com
COME AUGUST, COME FREEDOM: THE BELLOWS, THE GALLOWS, AND THE BLACK GENERAL GABRIEL
By Gigi Amateau
An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosser's Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary man's life.
In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African-American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel's blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel's early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother's devotion, a father's passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master's son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel's love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.
Gigi Amateau is the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, Chancey of the Maury River, and Claiming Georgia Tate. She lives in Bon Air, Virginia. www.gigiamateau.com
$16.99 Hardcover ($20.00 CAN) -- ISBN: 978-0-7636-4792-6
240 pages - Ages 12 years and up -- www.candlewick.com
COURAGE HAS NO COLOR, THE TRUE STORY OF THE TRIPLE NICKLES: AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK PARATROOPERS
By Tanya Lee Stone
They became America's first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II.
World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men are segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris's men serve as guards at The Parachute School, while the white soldiers prepare to be paratroopers. Morris knows that for his men to be treated like soldiers, they have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought in a little-known attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, "proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability."
Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and the Robert F. Sibert Award–winning author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. This new book was seven years in the making, as she did extensive original research and tracked down archival photos. Tanya Lee Stone lives in Vermont. www.tanyastone.com
On Sale January 22, 2013
$24.99 Hardcover ($28.00 CAN) -- ISBN: 978-0-7636-5117-6
160 pages - Ages 10 years and up -- www.candlewick.com
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