Hope Somewhere in America: Telling Stories About African-American History and Culture Using a Historical Fiction Picture Book as a Springboard
Author Sydelle Pearl will describe how her book, Hope Somewhere in America: The Story of a Child, a Painting, and a President, can be used to tell stories about African-American history and culture for the elementary grades. She will discuss the inspiration for her book—the 1934 painting of a little African-American child entitled “Somewhere in America” by Robert Brackman and she will then show other New Deal works of art that relate to the lives of famous African-Americans: Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Zora Neale Hurston. Sydelle will demonstrate her multidisciplinary storytelling approach that involves singing, moving, creative dramatics, reading, writing, and drawing. A brief question and answer period follows.