Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick

By Charles R. Smith, Jr.; Floyd Cooper; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

Amistad Press, Hardcover, 9780061920820, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 26, 2012

Description

Coretta Scott King Award-winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper deliver the compelling story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. The home of our president was built by many hands, several of them slaves', who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs. With an insightful author's note and a list of selected resources, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.

Stirring and emotional, Cooper's stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard, brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master, not the slave. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America, brick by brick.



About the Author
Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of HOOP QUEENS and its companion, HOOP KINGS, as well as TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD ALI, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He also wrote and illustrated for the American Library Association Notable Book RIMSHOTS: BASKETBALL PIX, ROLLS, AND RHYTHMS, among other titles. CHAMELEON is his first novel for young adults. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The illustrator of more thansixty children s books, Floyd Cooper isa past recipient of the CorettaScott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.

The illustrator of more thansixty children s books, Floyd Cooper isa past recipient of the CorettaScott King Award for Illustration and a four-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. Visit his website at www.floydcooper.com.