Talkin' about Bessie

The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

By Nikki Grimes; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator); B. Moser (Illustrator)
(Orchard Books (NY), Hardcover, 9780439352437, 1pp.)

Publication Date: November 2002

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Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.




About the Author
Nikki Grimes is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of dozens of children s and young adult books as well as a poet and journalist. Among the many accolades she has received are the Golden Dolphin Award(2005), the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children(2006), the Coretta Scott King Award (2003) for Bronx Masquerade, and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award (2011) forAlmost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book. Additionally, her book Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (illustrated byBryan Collier)was a New York Times bestseller, and she was acknowledged as an NAACP Image Award Finalist in 1993 for her book Malcolm X: a Force for Change. Her books Meet Danitra Brown(illustrated by Floyd Cooper), Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie (illustrated byE.B. Lewis), Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings were each awarded Coretta Scott King Honors. Visit her online at www.nikkigrimes.com.

E. B. Lewis won the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book for Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, for Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes. Mr. Lewis teaches illustration at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

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