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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Backbone & Bravery

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier is a riveting book about Booker T. Washington's journey through education.
The portrayal of this young man's life and pursuit to get an education is as informing as it is moving.

Bryan Collier's illustrations were done in watercolor and collage on 400 lb. Arches watercolor paper.  My favorite piece is when Booker is praying and it describes how he worked and saved for school, but his neighbors and family also saved and gave him money and items for his education.  The artwork shows the forest behind Booker and the trees have people in them.  I love how this feels, like those strong, steady trees are the people behind Booker helping him get his dream.  We are never really alone.  And I think this depicts  how much we influence others and are influenced by others.  

Jabari Asim's story clearly focuses on the work ethic, discipline, and determination of Booker T. Washington, and in his own words from Up from Slavery, Washington's unwavering purpose "to let no obstacle prevent me from putting forth the highest effort to fit myself to accomplish the most good in the world."

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