Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Read Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Online Free - In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to correct history.
Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

Title : Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
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ISBN : 076368046X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 pages


Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

September 21, 2017

Beautifully illustrated but of questionable accuracy, this brief middle-grade illustrated book uses Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg's biography and passion for academic study of Africana to uncover quieted names in world history. While the structure is unique, the writing is engaging and sound, and the...

Kirsten rated it ★★★★★

November 07, 2017

This verse biography of Arturo Schomburg is intended for children and teens, but I absolutely recommend it to everyone. Weatherford poetically and succinctly tells the life story and accomplishments of this truly remarkable individual. Schomburg was an Afro-Puerto Rican book collector whose work...

Gwen rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

While I do wish the book focused a little more on the life story of Schomburg, it is a great tool to show children the contributions that people of color made to American history.

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

August 27, 2017

I love the subject matter so I wish the narrative here were better executed. Weatherford's choice to introduce famous African Americans detracts from Schomberg's story and the whole narrative seems rather text heavy for a picture book biography.

❇Critterbee rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2018

In-depth picture book biography of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, an intellectual, bibliophile, activist, historian, writer, curator, and protector of knowledge. The story is told in verse, with beautiful illustrations, a thorough timeline, source notes and a small bibliography. Also, apparently he fil...

Amy rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2018

So I really thought I was going to be over the moon about this book, I mean it is about a guy who built a library for crying out loud. What Arthur Schomburg accomplished is amazing, but the way the information was presented just wasn't for me it just seemed very dry. I did like it; I just didn't...

Alicia rated it ★★★☆☆

January 24, 2018

What a beautiful homage, though very text heavy for a picture book, about Schomburg's love of literature for the simple fact that it would build the African history that was assumed to not exist or be whitewashed. Schomburg could not tolerate the idea that African history would not be collected,...

Kelsey rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

Age: 3rd-5th grade Seeking to break the shackles of ignorance and liberate fellow African Americans and black people, Schomburg sought to unearth long hidden histories of influential black people in order to provide inspiration for the future. The writing is poetically informational, weaving stren...

Bill rated it ★★★☆☆

August 25, 2017

Very interesting focal character. But a somewhat strange choice to use him as a means of introducing a host of African American luminaries. As a result, the text ends up more as a listing of facts and anecdotes rather than a compelling informational text that weaves a narrative. Also, the picture...

Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

Arturo Schomburg was shamed as a child for wanting to learn about famous black figures in history. He resolved to find out everything he could about them and to share this knowledge with the world. He did. This book is the mesmerizing story of a man who sought out and researched and documented bla...

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