We Are America

A Tribute from the Heart

By Walter Dean Myers; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060523084, 40pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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“This is a beautiful compilation of free verse, quotes, and illustrations focusing on all things 'America.' From Native Americans and their legends to the hard-won freedoms following the Civil War, many events in history are covered, teaching both children and adults about our ancestors and what it means to live in America now. The illustrations are magnificent, and history buffs will love what Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher have created.”
-- Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


Description

New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers, the father-son team who created harlem, celebrate the freedom dream that is America: our struggles, our ideals, and our hope that we can live up to them.

What is it to be an American?

To live in a strange and beautiful land of complexity, with a tumultuous history of epic proportions, among the people who were here first, who came after, who will come tomorrow.

We were the youth that could not fail
Planting our high ideals in virgin lands and eager hearts
Making vows forever brighter than the story we would live . . .

The lyrical free verse evocative of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and striking mural-like paintings are a testimonial to the heart and soul of our country: its ordinary and extraordinary people and the monumental events that have shaped our nation. With layered, sweeping panoramic paintings and text rich with historical allusion, this stunning picture book features passionate writings and vivid portraits of political Americans, from Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief, to Abraham Lincoln to Jimi Hendrix.




About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, New York Times bestselling author of Monster, and winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. The critically acclaimed author of Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, Game, Street Love, The Autobiography of My Dead Brother, Handbook for Boys, and Bad Boy, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. Walter's novel shooter is the inspiration for the film Case 219.

His latest picture-book collaboration with his son, Christopher Myers, We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, is a love letter to the United States that reimagines what it means to be an American. Visit www.who-is-america.com to find out more!

Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.




Praise For We Are America

Praise for Muhammad Ali:“The spirit of prizefighter Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay, permeates the action-filled pages.”
-School Library Journal

Praise for Ida B. Wells:“Important and inspiring.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Ida B. Wells: “Masterful.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for Ida B. Wells: “Accessible to younger elementary audiences.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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