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We could fly / Rhiannon Giddens ; illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu.

Giddens, Rhiannon, 1977- (author.). Uchendu, Briana Mukodiri, (illustrator.). Candlewick Press, (publisher.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536222548
  • ISBN: 1536222542
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"At a sparrow's urging, a young girl feels a mysterious trembling in her arms, a lightness in her feet, a longing to be free. Her mother tells her that her Granny Liza experienced the same, as did many of their people before her. Perhaps it's time, Mama says, to slip the bonds of earth and join the journey started long ago. To hold each other tight and rise. Drawing on lyrics from the song "We Could Fly" by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, which in turn draw on a heritage of African folklore, this incantatory dialogue between a mother and daughter paired with startlingly beautiful illustrations celebrates love, resilience, and the spiritual power of the"old-time ways"--tradition and shared cultural memory--to sustain and uplift."-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
6-9 years.
Grades 1-4.
Subject: African American girls > Juvenile fiction.
Mother and child > Juvenile fiction.
Grandparent and child > Juvenile fiction.
Spirituals (Songs) > Juvenile fiction.
Memory > Juvenile fiction.
Folklore > Africa.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Love > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Picture books.
Genre: Picture books.
Picture books.
Folk songs.
Song texts.

Available copies

  • 9 of 17 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Jonathan Trumbull Library - Lebanon.


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Jonathan Trumbull Library - Lebanon JPIC GIDDENS (Text) 33430152316865 Juvenile New Picture Book Available -

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