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Working cotton / written by Sherley Anne Williams ; illustrated by Carole Byard.

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Slater Public Library - Griswold E WIL (Text to phone) 55555000425253 Juvenile Easy Available -
Thompson Public Library HISTORY Williams (Text to phone) 34038118833516 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Willimantic Public Library E WIL (Text to phone) 34036047054188 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Wolcott Public Library E WILLIAMS, S. (Text to phone) 34031100719157 Juvenile Picture Book Available -
Woodbury Public Library J Williams c. 1 (Text to phone) 34018065546352 Juvenile Fiction Available -
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General Note: Art techniques used: Impressionistic acrylic.
"The text of Working Cotton is based on the poems "the trimming of the feathers" and "conejo," originally published in The Peacock Poems by Sherley Anne Williams"--Title page verso.
"The text type was set in Berkeley Old Medium by Thompson Type, San Diego, California. Color separations were made by Bright Arts, Ltd., Singapore. Production supervision by Warren Wallerstein and David Hough. Designed by Trina Stahl"--Title page verso.
Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 1993.
Caldecott Honor Book, 1993.
Summary, etc.: A young black girl relates the daily events of her family's migrant life in the cotton fields of central California.
Awards Note:
Coretta Scott King Honor, illustrator, 1993.
Caldecott Honor Book, 1993.
Subject: Child labor Juvenile fiction
Migrant labor Juvenile fiction
Families Juvenile fiction
Cotton picking Juvenile fiction
Bildungsromans
Perseverance (Ethics) Juvenile fiction
Time perception Juvenile fiction
African Americans Juvenile fiction
Poverty Juvenile fiction
Agriculture Juvenile fiction
Families Fiction
Migrant labor Fiction
Cotton picking Fiction
Migrant labor Fiction
Family life Fiction
African Americans Fiction

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0152996249
Working Cotton
Working Cotton
by Williams, Sherley Anne; Byard, Carole (Illustrator)
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A hot, arduous and typical day in the life of a family of migrant cotton pickers is the subject of Williams's striking first picture book. Shelan describes how her parents, brothers and sisters arrive at the cottonfields before dawn and toil till night to fill sacks with the fluffy white harvest. At times both gritty and poetic, Williams's text is written completely in Shelan's dialect. Though the phrasing may require careful reading, it adds a necessary authenticity to the story while presenting a difficult way of life. However, the author does not pass a negative judgment here: her characters play, sing and admire nature--when they have the chance. Bayard's intense acrylic paintings capture the beauty of the California landscape as well as the intensity of human struggle--thoughtfully reflected in her cast's sweaty faces. Vast fields of white cotton tufts against an endless blue sky create an appropriate sense of isolation. Though some may object to the portrayal of African Americans picking cotton, Shelan's family is to be respected for embracing life and doing whatever it takes to make their way in the world. An auspicious debut. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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by Williams, Sherley Anne; Byard, Carole (Illustrator)
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Ages 4 and up. "The rows of cotton stretch as far as I can see." The voice is that of Shelan, a migrant child laborer in the cotton fields of central California, and the words hold both physical reality and bitter metaphor. She tells of a long day of work with her family--from the cold smoky dawn to night. Byard's double-page acrylic paintings set the soft whiteness of the cotton crop against landscapes and portraits of glowing color, and the sense of beauty and space underlines the child's confinement. The text, based on Williams' Peacock Poems (a National Book Award nominee), is spare, colloquial, and immediate, a way of life concentrated in a single day. The family is warm, but friendship is fleeting when "you hardly ever see the same kids twice, 'specially after we moves to a new field.'" There's no self-pity or squalor, and no false nobility either, but rather a sense of bone-weariness and lost potential and no end in sight: "It's a long time to night." Williams says in a note that she drew on her childhood experience in the cotton fields of Fresno: her book speaks for children everywhere at work far from home. With its restrained, poetic text and impressionist paintings, this is a picture book for older readers, too. ~--Hazel Rochman

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