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    Like a Bird
    The Art of the American Slave Song
    Library Bound
    Also available in: E-Book
    By: Cynthia Grady Illustrated By: Michele Wood
    ©2016
    ISBN-13: 978-1-4677-8550-1
    AR Quiz #: 182596
    AR Points: 0.50
    ATOS Level: 6.30
    Lexile Level: 1060
    SRC Reading Level: TBD
    Pages: 40
    Trim Size: 10 5/8 x 8 1/4
    Dewey: 782.25/3
    Reading Grade Level: 4
    Interest Grade Level: 3-6
    Ages: 8-12
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    DESCRIPTION Cynthia Grady
    Enslaved African Americans longed for freedom, and that longing took many forms—including music. Drawing on biblical imagery, slave songs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered a rallying cry for the spirit.

    Like a Bird brings together text, music, and illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator Michele Wood to convey the rich meaning behind thirteen of these powerful songs.


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    • * Microsoft Windows XP
    • * Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU
    • * 512 MB RAM
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    • * Mac OSX v.10.4
    • * Power PC G5 or Intel processor
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    Book Features
    Author Biography, Full-Color Illustrations, Illustrator Biography, Original Artwork
    About the Author
    Cynthia Grady is an author as well as a former middle school librarian and teacher. She lives in New Mexico where she plays music for her two rabbits, Finoa and Banjo. Visit her at www.cynthiagrady.com.
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    About the Illustrator

    Michele Wood is an illustrator, painter, and designer living in Indianapolis. Her first book, Going Back Home, was honored with an American Book Award. Wood’s second book, I See the Rhythm, written by Toyomi Igus, received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. After illustrating Cynthia Grady's I Lay My Stitches Down, Wood was honored with the Ashley Bryan Award for Illustration and in 2016, she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for the book Chasing Freedom. Wood's work continues to be exhibited in major art spaces across the country.

     

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    Awards for this Title
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children
    Land of Enchantment Book Award
    New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    Starred Reviews
    School Library Journal
    "This is an excellent resource for music and art teachers as well as for social studies and U.S. history lessons."—starred, School Library Journal
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    Kirkus Reviews
    "An important work that gives new life to old and important songs."—Kirkus Reviews
    Booklist
    "Beautiful illustrations and short, informative paragraphs come together. . . . While excellent for music classes, the wealth of historical context makes this a good pick for lessons on the history of U.S. slavery as well."—Booklist