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Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-AmEach day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president.With powerful illustrations by Shane Evans, this is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country....

Title : 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World
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ISBN : 9781596438200
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Number of Pages : 56 Pages
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28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-02-28 19:11

    Charles R. Smith designed this book to be used for Black History Month, but he didn’t want to include a lot of the same people who are always studied at this time. He also wanted to include important events and legislation. So he created a 28-day collection of poems, written in his rhythmic rap style, for young readers to learn about black history. I like this concept, but still feel he should have included a list of additional people to read about, such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth, at the end of the book. Starting with 1770, he included only 6 people/events in the 18th and 19th centuries, focussing mostly on the 20th century. While not comprehensive in scope, I do think this is a most worthy addition to black history literature for young readers. I’d like to see every library own a copy. Recommended!

  • MissSusie
    2019-03-15 17:51

    Just listened to this for free on soundcloud from Audiofile magazine, it's a great listen! about some people I'd never heard of and it made me want to do more research on those people!Fantastic narration!!!

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-26 13:51

    A good concept and an appealing, handsome presentation with beautiful illustrations by Shane Evans but the author fails to achieve his goal of wanting "to go beyond the familiar names and faces I saw every year without new additions." The majority of names and faces I see here are those that have already been written about extensively for young people and serve as standard fare for Black History Month: Crispus Attucks, Bessie Coleman, the Little Rock Nine, Malcolm X, MLK, Barack Obama, Jesse Owens, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and others. The inclusion of Nelson Mandela is odd given that all of the other figures and events are African-American. I am also surprised at the lack of suggestions for further reading given that these are brief introductions to subjects readers may want to explore in greater depth.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-13 13:12

    This would be an awesome book for teachers looking to supplement their BHM lessons and units--particularly for upper elementary and middle grade students (though I would argue even older students would benefit). Smith presents a great mixture of well-known and little-known figures. Some reviewers disagree with me on this, but I used to do a "Who am I?" activity during BHM that included many of these figures and VERY few students could identify while we adults may find them "common", much of this information will be very new for students.

  • pati
    2019-03-23 20:04

    Brief summaries of events that have shaped American history. I understand the desire to highlight February as Black History month, but this history belongs to all Americans regardless of skin tones. A very good book for anyone interested in learning more!

  • Jill
    2019-03-05 19:02

    The author wanted to create a work for Black History Month that would go beyond the familiar names and faces bruited every year. His thoughts on this phenomenon that he gave in an interview are worth quoting, because they are so true!"I remember sitting in my sixth grade class at Marian Anderson Elementary in Compton, California, when February rolled around and my teacher, Mr. Johnson, hung up the faces of Black History Month around the room. Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. surrounded us until early March. Each picture had information about the person depicted on the back of the image, and the pictures hadn’t changed since first grade. With no new countenances added each year, it was as if once black Americans had achieved equal rights in the law books, our history was complete.How could that be? Weren’t there others who accomplished great things, past and present? That question became the focus of 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World."He begins in 1776, during the birth of America, and ends in the present with America’s first black president. He includes an extra day at the end - not only for “leap year” Februarys, but to show that “great things can happen on any day to anyone” and to suggest that Black History is not limited to 28 days!It will no doubt be a relief to teachers as well as students to find such nice material (presented in free verse) on people other than “the usual suspects.” While he does feature Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson, he also has stories about such notable but perhaps lesser-known African Americans as Crispus Attucks, Daniel Hale Williams, Henry Johnson and Matthew Henson. >The form of the author’s verse changes according to the message he wants to convey. The spread on Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe features lines that go back and forth like a tennis match. The verse devoted to Malcolm X reflects the way his words were meant to educate, and to convey a broader message to his followers.I particularly like the author’s concluding sentiments for Day 29:“What will today bring,what will today be,will today be the day you make history?….Today is the day,today is to be."Illustrator Shane W. Evans, a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee, just keeps getting better and better. His collage and oil pictures employ a vivid palette with the dominant colors reflecting the story being told. For example, he uses blues and silver for the two-page spread on the first male and female astronauts, and the bright colors of Africa for his spread on Nelson Mandela.Evaluation: One can only hope that this book’s appeal will not be confined to February.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-16 13:49

    I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The concept is wonderful and some of the individual entries in this work are five stars. As a whole, however, it falls short in its incomplete & unbalanced treatment of each event and/or person.Every event or person is concerned with the U.S. except Nelson Mandela. If reaching outside of black America, then this selection should strive to be more balanced than it is (27 events are U.S. & 1 South African - how is this changing the whole world?).As previously mentioned, some of these entries are stunning. The entry on Marian Anderson, for example, is beautifully illustrated & the accompanying text is stirring. Some of the words in her poem are set apart, allowing the reader to glimpse the lines of the song she sang outside Lincoln's Memorial. Additionally, the poem evokes powerful images of a caged bird referred to by poet Langston Hughes and later Maya Angelou. There is a wealth of Black American heritage in this segment alone.However, the segment on Matthew Henson feels primary in comparison. A short poem spelling his name (M-A-T-T-H-E-W) vertically provides an adjective to describe him. Unlike M. Anderson's sophisticated poem, this is an outdated juvenile tactic used when teaching a poetry unit to very little children. There's less substance & though this is a children's book, the obvious imbalance between entries is disappointing.Worth reading for those rare beauties, like Marian Anderson, Jackie Robinson, & Brown vs. Board of Education. Less successful entries include Matthew Henson, Bluford & Jemison, & Madame CJ Walker. Encourage children to come up with more events & people outside of these 28 - this could be a great stepping stone for other cultures & gender!

  • Cristina Lane
    2019-02-27 16:08

    This is a wonderful book comprised of poems about important historical events in black history. This book would be most appropriate for upper-elementary students in fourth and fifth grade. Every page of this book contains a poem about a prominent person or event in history. These topics range from Wilma Rudolph's Olympic gold medal, to the Brown v. Board of Education court decision. While the poems itself are very entertaining and informational, the illustrations that accompany each poem are sure to engage every reader. This book gives the reader an insight into various impactful historical events. This book would be a great option for students to use during a reader's theater activity. The variety of poems the book comprises of allows for student choice. Through the rehearsal of one of these poems for a reader's theater activity, students will be working out and improving their fluency. Additionally, since the premise of this book is to educate students on prominent events in black history, this would be a great asset to use to introduce various topics during a social studies or history lesson. Using this book within the classroom will promote history specific content area vocabulary.These events are so important for students to learn about. The way they are presented in this book, through engaging and creative poems and illustrations, made this a "WOW book" for me!

  • Jordyn Braun
    2019-03-13 14:53

    1.A text-to-world connection I had to the book 28 Days was between it and a documentary I watched on TV about Black History. The author states in the beginning of the book that he has a love/hate relationship with Black History Month, and the documentary I watched expanded on the same concept: why is it okay to only celebrate Black History for one month out of the year? I find this topic stimulating and it also helps me to be more aware as a teacher to not limit the importance of these heroes or their accomplishments only to February.2.This book is both culturally accurate and descriptive of African Americans who contributed to society and historic events that took place.3.Remembering: Name three of the historic figures mentioned in the book.Understanding: What is the author’s purpose for this book?Applying: What would result if these American heroes never existed?Analyzing: Distinguish between segregation and discrimination.Evaluating: Do you agree with the author that Black History should be celebrating more than one month a year? Why or why not?Creating: Create a timeline featuring at least 5 of the historic figures from this book and what contribution they made.

  • Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray
    2019-03-26 12:03

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's wonderful to use throughout the month of February to talk about influential African Americans. My students loved that Smith Jr's author note informed the reader that he didn't want the whole book to be about the more prominent African Americans that most students are already aware of. I love how each page contains more than just facts about the person being discussed. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The illustrator, Shane Evans has illustrated so many other great books. I would recommend an illustrator study using this with Underground: finding the Light to Freedom and We March. A must for a classroom/personal library. Students wanted to learn so much more about the people in this book, we ended up doing much more research to learn more!

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-25 12:10

    Another excellent book with much information. What's really nice is that the vignettes are short but offer a glimpse of some important people in American History. The reason I'm giving the book 4 stars is that the information on Mae Jemison was flimsy at best and the Nelson Mandela page was a lot to be desired. However, I loved Shane W. Evans' illustrations. This would be a great project book for elementary or middle school students.

  • Turrean
    2019-03-09 18:53

    A splendidly collage-illustrated collection of 28 (or is that 29?) two-page descriptions of important men and women who changed the course of black history. The descriptions are a blend of historical text and a variety of verse forms. Truly, the most beautiful is the poem on Marian Anderson's 1939 performance on Easter Sunday.

  • GalindoLibrarian
    2019-02-27 18:56

    Essentially 28 pages of biographies, each one has a different format or style, many are some kind of poem. Would be a great book for celebrating black history for a month & read about one person a day, add to a timeline and supplement with extra info/photos, etc.

  • Joe Horwath
    2019-03-23 19:43

    28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World is a historical nonfiction children's book that goes over 28 important dates in black history. The book uses illustrations, bold and italicized text, captains, headings, and is structured as a timeline, being in chronological order. I think the target audience would be 3rd to 6th grade, though I could see 28 Days being used as a way to start educating younger students about black history as well. The twin text I chose for 28 Days is Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, by Faith Ringgold, which I chose because 28 Days has a page about Harriet Tubman, whom Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad features. I find the books to be similar because they both take highly stylized approaches to teaching readers about black history. Each page of 28 Days has a different kind of writing style, with some pages being written in a fairly straightforward manner, others containing poetry, and others getting information across with few words and a lot of help from illustrations. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad is about a girl, Cassie, and her little brother, Be Be, flying through the sky and encountering a train conducted by Harriet Tubman, which is, of course, referencing the Underground Railroad. Cassie misses the train and must travel through the real version of the Underground Railroad to get back to her brother. Along the way, she learns about the circumstances that led to the need for the Underground Railroad, and how the slaves who used it made their escape. 28 Days takes a heavily stylized approach to teaching about black history while Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad teaches about Harriet Tubman's legacy through a dream-logic fantasy story involving flying trains and time travel. These are both unusual, but effective ways of teaching about black history.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-25 15:45

    Excellent heroes! Excellent illustrations!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-20 14:11

    I like the format of moving through Black history with 28 "days" for the 28 days of Black History Month. (I also appreciated that while it's US-centric -- moving from Crispus Attucks to Barack Obama -- it also includes Nelson Mandela. Though a reviewer fairly pointed out that the subtitle is "Moments in Black History that Changed the World," so there's a bit of a mismatch between title and content.)I was hoping for more new-to-me names given that the Author's Note which opens the book says "In between [Crispus Attucks and Barack Obama] I hunted for unfamiliar names with great stories and accomplishments" -- but admittedly I've been reading a lot of African-American picturebook biographies recently, otherwise I wouldn't have recognized Bessie Coleman or Althea Gibson. (I was also bummed about the continued erasure of Claudette Colvin, but I understand that this book is about momentous moments, and it was Rosa Parks' refusal which was the momentous moment for the movement -- to be clear: it's not that I was expecting Claudette Colvin to be included, it's that when I saw Rosa Parks' name I winced at the continuing erasure of Claudette Colvin.) Also, admittedly, while I recognized Madame C. J. Walker's name, I couldn't have told you anything about her without Googling.And I did learn some new things. I don't think I had known (at least not retained if I ever learned) that Robert Peary's companion on that first successful trip to the North Pole was a Black dude. I also had no idea that Wilma Rudolph was a sickly child and even had polio!I also, in this era of Hillary Clinton's candidacy, appreciated the inclusion of Shirley Chisholm.I liked the inclusion of salient phrases from individuals in some of the entries (e.g., the internal "by any means necessary" acrostic in Malcolm X, the Shirley Chisholm one ending "unbought and unbossed").The quality of the entries varies, but I would still offer the book to a child to expose them to an arc of African-American history, from major court decisions and milestones to athletes and other trailblazer.And yup, Barack Obama has been an imperfect President in so many ways, but I still got all choked up at the poem rehashing all the previous entries, phrased as "[name] [verbed]," each stanza ending "So Barack could [be counted / dream / stand / run / win]."

  • Paula Alejandra Londono-Martinez
    2019-03-02 13:00

    This book presents a biographical account of remarkable black characters in history using diverse text forms: acrostics, poems, rhymes, in narrative and descriptive ways. It opens a critical reflection about slavery by showing characters’ agency transform reality and social conditions, all of them standing against segregation and promoting equality between population groups in the United States. Brief biographical entries are provided throughout the text in order for the readers to be contextualized of the person's background, childhood settings, and facts to highlight, etc. the foregoing to build bridges between the before and after of their lives and showing how all that was earned is because of a life devoted to hard work to reach success: possessing economic means, education, social recognition, etc. likely to own as long as human and civil rights are warranted equally.Perceptions of difference are transformed for the sake of the same black people. The book teaches the readers to deny inferiority or inability. The story relentlessly continues looking for ways to reaffirm black identity and spread the word of acceptance and self-determination next black generations should achieve in order to ensure equality and integration. Working as a whole, it means, as a community, for shared purposes means more power and chances to elevate black people. The open ending makes readers realize they all can take part of the history, that is a welcoming way to do not say "this is the end" but as there are more days in the year than 28, there would be then more than 28 people that will continue making a difference.

  • Linda
    2019-02-25 11:50

    A wonderful book filled with both the familiar and the unfamiliar important people of color and events in our world. Charles Smith has used words from our Constitution, the Supreme Court, poetry to tell inspiring stories we all should know. Day 28 shows Barack Obama, and celebrates all those 27 people who came before, those who became his foundation so he could become the first black president. For example, “Crispus Attacks sacrificed, Daniel Hale healed, Bessie Coleman soared and Wilma roared.” With acrylics and collage, Shane Evans shows beautiful action in every one of the portrait pages. Some action was an adventure, but without reward, but they persevered, to help themselves and others. Sarah Breedlove, or as she was later known, Madam C.J. Walker, became the richest black woman in America. She became parentless at the age of seven, took in laundry to make money at the age of ten. Her story continues on with early marriages, parenthood, and finally a new venture, hair care products. I enjoyed the way Smith told her story. Each time there was change, the words for her are “she pressed on.” It, like every other one, is inspiring and told in an entertaining and creative way. Every classroom should have a copy for sharing with everyone, to spark interest in characters in our history who “pressed on”.

  • Amy
    2019-03-12 13:01

    I thought the book idea was brilliant and I love the mix of literary (poems, etc.) with biography, but some of the accuracy historically was lacking. For example, they made Crispus Attucks out to have been trying to pick a fight and sacrifice himself in the Boston Massacre, but the whole thing started between a soldier and a wig makers' apprentice, then others jumped in. While we do know Crispus Attacks was a rope maker and could have possibly been the one to strike the soldier who fell discharging his gun, I'd hardly say he "started it." Additionally, the book states that the Dred Scott decision was made after slavery was abolished, but in reality, it was 1857--before the war even started. He also claims quilts were used to send messages, and a few years ago, I looked far and wide for any evidence of this or how it was done (for an Underground Railroad experience) and couldn't find any historical background--most historians believe it's a myth. I did actually learn some things I thought were false that were actually true--like were soldiers still using bayonets when the Little Rock Nine took place--surely not! But, yes, they were. So it definitely made me research a bit more. I totally think there are many other African Americans I'd have liked to see included, but it's a start.

  • Susie
    2019-03-08 17:54

    One of my favorite parts of this book was the "Note from the Author". I agree that during Black History Month, many of the same people are highlighted year after year. As a librarian, I have strived to include some different individuals, especially scientists, as I have collaborated with science teachers to spotlight African American inventors/scientists. Often, it was very difficult to find books that include these individuals (for example, Robert Hale Williams), and I had to resort to collected biographies or other sources before the rise of electronic databases.I was not familiar with Robert Smalls or Henry Johnson. I was a little disappointed that the now disproven idea of quilts giving directions for the Underground Railroad was included. A few of the poems seemed a little disjointed (Oprah, Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson), but, overall, a lot of information was included. The way the poem for Obama was created with the names of the others before him was well done, and the illustrations are wonderful. (One of my favorites for the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration.) There were some times I wished that a few more details have been included (Bessie Coleman; I have always been intrigued by her story, including her death).This book would be ideal for Black History Month, reading one story a day, and encouraging students to add more individuals.

  • Ro
    2019-03-05 12:11

    The author created this book in order to celebrate individuals who made an impact in our history who are not necessarily the same historical figures we consider every Black History Month, who are equally worthy of our attention. This is not to imply that tribute to those figures has not been given, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and other African American game-changers are paid homage in this book, but the reader is also exposed to many other less-known history makers of olden and modern times. The personalities in this book are presented to us through quotes, poems, acrostics, set in different font types, accompanied by historical notes that provide additional facts and support the artistic expression on the page. Vivid colors and brush stroke textures add life to the accomplishments shared on each page, making the text hum in the reader’s mind. An indispensable resource to celebrate Black History not only in February, but all year long.

  • Skye Bryant
    2019-03-23 16:44

    The author of this book decided to write it because he wanted to increase the interest in studying black culture. He wanted to encourage people to study black heroes more than just one month out of every year. He brings black history to life,and he does it by considering the major accomplishments from brave women and men. He includes people from Crispus Atticus to Barack Obama. He adds in people that you don't normally hear about like Robert Smalls, Guy Buford, or Henry Johnson. This would be a fabulous book for teachers to use either during the year. The book uses all different types and styles of writing. This would make it a great tool for demonstrating different ways of writing. Definitely a must read and savor!

  • Haley
    2019-03-11 12:52

    28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World is written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and powerfully illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Admitting a love-hate relationship in his author’s note, Smith wrote this book to bring Black History Month alive by not only including well known names and moments in the past, but a variety of accomplishments that also took place in the recent past and present. The text includes famous quotes, words from primary texts, and further information written in an informational format. The illustrations are vibrant and engaging, and the text is presented in a visually appealing way. This text would be a great daily read aloud during Black History Month, or any month throughout the school year.

  • Monique
    2019-03-07 14:55

    I've decided to read 29 children's book during Black History month 2016. This was book #28. 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Truly outstanding. While the illustrated assist in telling the historical significance of each day, the history will wow young and old. Each day honors someone (several days honor two people) stating their mark on America. A short biography is noted on each day. I plan to purchase this for my personal collection. This is one of the best books I've read all month. Treasure of knowledge. 5++ stars

  • Allison
    2019-03-27 18:00

    I love the stirring prose and verse that tell the stories of well-known and not-so-well-known black heroes for Black History Month, illustrated with big, bold, vibrant paintings. Brief biographies of each historical figure enlighten and inspire the reader, ideally urging them to seek out more information about the figures they feel most drawn to. I could see an elementary school teacher using this every day in the classroom during Black History Month. I would have liked to have seen a more thorough bibliography to point kids toward other resources on the people discussed in this book, but then again, a good librarian can fill that gap. :) An excellent read.

  • Angie
    2019-03-09 19:53

    Charles Smith takes the month of February, Black History Month, and uses the calendar structure to tell the readers about 28 different people or events in Black History. There are names you recognize like Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X and others you may not have been aware of like Robert Smalls or C.J. Walker. The days are highlighted with poetry and information about the person. I loved the narration on this book, multiple artists created a choir of voices. It was an excellent audiobook although I do regret missing Shane Evans artwork.

  • Mrs. Tongate
    2019-02-25 13:13

    Excellent, excellent read-aloud for secondary. Excellent piece not just for people of color, but anyone who thirsts for knowledge. A must read for social studies teachers to share unfamiliar names in Black History, as well as, laws that affected black people. Illustrations are incredible and make this a wonderful tool to share the 28 extraordinary events any month of the year.Day 17 Althea GibsonArthur AsheChampions in tennisChampions with class.Day 29, TodayWhat will today bringWhat will today beWill today be the dayYou make history?

  • Katelyn Ferry
    2019-02-28 18:09

    28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World is a children’s picture book that is considered a social studies informational book. It is written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated with bold, beautiful colors by Shane W. Evans, which brings the book to life. The setting and characters change throughout the book, as the author highlights twenty-eight famous African-American events and individuals that have helped shape the United States of America and the world over the years (Smith, 2015).

  • Nhlohr
    2019-03-22 13:59

    Author Charles Smith and Illustrator Shane Evans collaborate on a powerful collection of events that have shaped black history, all of our history. Each entry in this social studies informational book contains a poem, a brief historical reference and a brightly colored illustration of a famous person or event beginning in 1770 with the shooting of Crispus Attucks and ending in 2009 with the election of Barack Obama. This book is a collection of important information that typically may not be studied during the designated 28 days of Black History Month.

  • AMY
    2019-03-14 13:09

    Excellent concept for a book to use during Black History month. Each double spread features a historic moment or day and sometimes pairs people together (i.e. Althea Gibson/Arthur Ashe, Bluford/Jemison). The illustrations are a collage style, oil paintings and other mixed forms. It is a very informative and beautiful book. There are poems, a eulogy, stories, and sidebars with information. This book could be used well with a unit during Black History studies or for studies throughout the school year. I would not be surprised if this one wins an award. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5.