The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Other authorsRenée Watson (Author), Nikkolas Smith (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2021




Kokila (2021), Edition: Unabridged, 48 pages


History. Juvenile Nonfiction. Multi-Cultural. Geography. HTML:The 1619 Project�s lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Ren�e Watson. A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived.   And the people planted dreams and hope, willed themselves to keep living, living.   And the people learned new words for love for friend for family for joy for grow for home.   With powerful verse and striking illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity.… (more)


½ (61 ratings; 4.5)

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LibraryThing member oldandnewbooksmell
The 1919 Project: Born on the Water is a children’s picture book, written in verse about the story and history of slaves as well as the history of resistance and the importance of Black Lives Matter.

This is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful. The illustrations from Nikkolas Smith made me feel all
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kinds of emotions. Even the pages where it was dark, everything was still noticeable and beautiful.

The story is written for a child to understand, but it’s not dumbed down at all. It gives truth and hope to the younger generations of African Americans who will someday help run this country.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
Incredible!!!! Powerful!! A must read.
LibraryThing member LibrarianRyan
I am not the right person to critique this book. I liked this book. It’s part of the 1619 Project about the history of Black Americans and how they came to be in this country. What is unique about this book is, it’s all poetry that creates one story. This is normally found in much bigger longer
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works. The illustrations are strange, but beautiful. They put emotion to the paper to match the words. I can fully say that I thought this book was fantastic, but also realize that I am in no place to critique this book.
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LibraryThing member nadia.masood
This book is a retelling of the traditional narrative of the slave trade, told in verse and accompanied by glorious and dramatic illustrations. While this is aimed for readers in grades 2 through 5, I absolutely loved it! I stopped at every page to look deeper into the pictures.

I appreciate how
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intense yet open and honest this book is. It's heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring all at the same time!
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48 p.; 9.44 x 9.38 inches


0593307356 / 9780593307359
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