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Braden and Finley accompany their father, a wildlife biologist, when he tags a bear that has just had cubs and later, use the tag to find her again in hopes she will adopt an orphaned cub.
This picture book biography of Tyree Guyton, an urban environmental artist, shows how he transformed his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into the Heidelberg Project, an interactive sculpture park. The story spans from Tyree's childhood in 1950s Detroit to his early efforts to heal his community through art in the 1980s. Tyree's awards include Michigan Artist of the Year and International Artist.--publisher
Introduces children to Rosa Parks--a true American hero
Celebrates the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in 1936 Chicago
Chronicles the life of the first baseman, covering his youth as the son of major leaguer Cecil Fielder, his minor league career, and his accomplishments as a professional athlete.
The story of an ordinary bus... until a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, which became a pivotal event in the Civil Rights movement. Follows the bus's history from the streets of Montgomery to the Henry Ford Museum
An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note
Simple text and illustrations explore the life of Canadian inventor Elijah Mccoy, the son of slaves. Includes explanation of the saying, "The real McCoy."
On each of the twelve days during her Christmas visit with her cousin Will, Katie writes home describing the history, geography, animals, and interesting sites of Michigan that she has explored. Uses the cumulative pattern of the traditional carol to present amusing state trivia at the end of each letter.
"On a cold December night, Louis must decide whether to brave the treacherous Detroit River to take a slave family to freedom." -- publisher