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Toussaint L'ouverture: The Fight for Haiti's Freedom

By Walter Dean Myers

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
ISBN: 978-0689801266
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.

Grade 3-6-In the late 1930s, Lawrence painted a series of pictures that documented the oppression of the Haitian people at the end of the 18th century and their eventual liberation in 1804. The paintings are used here to tell readers about the man who lead that revolution. Toussaint L'Ouverture's story is stirring in itself, but paired with Lawrence's paintings, it becomes absolutely compelling. The artist's muted colors and stylized figures show the pain of the oppressed people and the glory of their fight. Myers's understated text is elegantly written, letting the brilliant artwork take center stage. The historical context is clearly explained and the narrative is lively and accessible. This is a wonderful introduction to a man who deserves to be remembered for his brave actions. Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.