Posts Tagged "Africa"

Kony 12 and Images of Africa

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Kony 12 and Images of Africa

Kony 12 and Images of Africa

Today high school and college students across the nation will be covering their communities with posters demanding the arrest of Uganda’s Joseph Kony for his abductions of children into his Lord’s Resistance Army, in an action entitled “Cover the Night,” organized by Invisible Children through a video that’s gone viral.  Margy Burns Knight, co-author of Africa is Not a Country (which I illustrated), wrote this April 4 post for Teaching Tolerance, suggesting that we make this a teachable moment and take the time to examine the complexities of the situation...

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They Didn’t Get That From Me!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2011 in Events & Presentations , Family & Friends, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

They Didn’t Get That From Me!

  In our joint school visits, as author Margy Burns Knight talks, I often sketch the face of an imagined child in each session, leaving the school with a group of portraits of diverse children. Several years ago, presenting our book Africa is Not a Country at a Maine school, I was sketching a series of children who could be from African countries. As the collection of portraits grew throughout the day, we asked students, “What do you notice about the pictures? What’s the same about the children? What’s different?”    A second grade boy pointed to the image of a...

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Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Africa is Not a Country, Redux

Last January, author Margy Burns Knight and I spent a week-long residency at Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, MA, where we led 400+ students in the creation of a book about their daily life, entitled Our Corner of the World. With the help of the faculty, staff, and parents (especially Cynthia Wimer and Songyi Kim!), each class participated in writing the text, I illustrated their stories in full color, and each student contributed a b&w spot drawing. The book was printed and every student received a personal copy. Our Corner of the World was a response to our own book, Africa is Not...

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Connecting Kids to Their World

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Bk: Welcoming Babies, Race & Culture | Comments Off on Connecting Kids to Their World

Connecting Kids to Their World

For our April six-school tour in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, author Margy Burns Knight and I were presenting on our five nonfiction books about differences. The most recent of these titles, Africa Is Not A Country, was published in 2000, so we wanted to connect the information in our books with current world news.  We created slide shows of recent events and people related to the content of our books. For instance, showing images from several of the African countries who celebrate their independence holidays in April, we talked about how those were like birthdays for countries. ...

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3. Welcoming Critique

Posted by on Jan 7, 2009 in Bk: Africa is Not a Country , Diverse & Global Books, For Educators, Race & Culture | 3 comments

3. Welcoming Critique

In 1999, more than two years into the creation of Africa is Not a Country, we – authors Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove, and I, the illustrator –  realized we needed more help. The task of representing the immense diversity of the African continent in a picture book for U.S. children was a daunting one, especially for three white Americans from Maine. Each of us had lived and/or traveled in a region of Africa. We’d gathered and incorporated stories of daily life in various African countries from individuals who’d grown up in those countries, consulted experts in...

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