Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh is reminiscent of pre-Columbian art. It's a true story about the court battle that took place and was won seven years before the more famous Brown vs. the Board of Education. It's an historical note that children need to be taught about.
The art was created with pencil on paper, then gone over with pen, scanned and collaged with Photoshop. The artist wants to keep the ancient art alive that's why it seems very pre-Columbian.
There is an author's note, extensive glossary, bibliography, and photos of the real Sylvia and her parents and schools.
The artwork seizes your attention. It seems like different layers of wood, at first. It's impelling and feels very much like inlaid art. That could be the use of the distinctive black pen line. And altough it also has quite a geometric flavor to it, the inlaid wood or gem or stone impression is greater to me. It's wonderful.
This title will work best with 2nd grade and older to share the historical, cultural, and important value of its message.