Our African American Heritage Trip
Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811843003, 64pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
Here it is, summer vacation, and Sienna's parents have already ruined it. They have this crazy idea that the family should stop off and visit black historical sites on their way to their North Carolina family reunion. As far as Sienna is concerned, summer is supposed to be about fun, not about learning! But Sienna is in for a wonderful surprise. Somehow along the way from the Amistad in New Haven, Connecticut, to the Apollo Theater in New York City, to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Frederick Douglass House in Washington, D.C., Sienna discovers that learning can be an adventure.
Sienna's Scrapbook invites readers along on her family's vacationa trip filled with great places, great food, and great fun!
Janell Genovese earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three young children.
"The overall travelogue is colorful and engaging and offers a unique glimpse of the cultural heritage of African-Americans in the United States." -Kirkus Reviews
"...this refreshing retrospective of African-American history is engaging and entertaining....Her voice is strong and real. The chosen sites are both significant and fascinating....This charming book would lend itself easily to classroom projects on black history, journal writing, or map study." -School Library Journal
"This book, from one of the founding mothers of contemporary black children's literature, is a lovely introduction to many of our historically relevant sites from the most well known to the more obscure. Colorful illustrations, photographs and journal notations make Sienna's Scrapbook a real treat and an excellent road trip companion for kids." Black Issues Book Review