Jake Makes a World (Hardcover)

Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem

By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)

Museum of Modern Art, 9780870709654

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

List Price: 18.95*
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About the Author

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is an award-winning writer and historian whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Vogue, and Essence, among other publications. Originally from Houston, she graduated from Harvard and was a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New York City.
Christopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, notably Harlem and Black Cat, which won the Coretta Scott King Award. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem

“... illustrator Myers has captured the vibrant energy, bold hues, and expressionist shapes of Lawrence’s work. Rhodes-Pitts, meanwhile contributes colorful, energetic text... When an acclaimed author-illustrator team collaborate on a subject who is getting his due at a major museum, you're going to see heightened awareness and interest.”

— Booklist

"Vibrant hues and diagonal elements animate the straightforward accounts of street-corner preachers and checkers players... this is a dynamic and creative introduction to a groundbreaking artist and an iconic collection."

— Kirkus

"...Rhodes-Pitts has written a clear, simple tale, told in present tense and filled with colorful imagery. Myers’s art has a looser, sketchier quality than Lawrence’s more graceful figures, but both artists demonstrate a passion for vibrant, eye-popping colors that powerfully capture the African American experience... VERDICT Creative youngsters may be motivated to craft works about their own neighborhoods."

— School Library Journal

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