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


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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Lynn rated it ★★★★☆

September 22, 2017

Beautiful and fascinating and packed with things I didn't know and should have! Schomburg's passion for books, research and the overlooked and ignored history of his people is inspiring although it must have been a challenge to live with his ever-growing collection of books! I loved the story of...

orangerful rated it ★★★★☆

October 20, 2017

I learned so much from this brief story - a look at the life and legacy of Arthur Schomburg. His dedication to finding heroes of African descent brought to light so many great stories. I wish that more of this information was common knowledge and that his quest to bring history to light had perme...

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...

Veronica rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

An incredible biography of Arturo Schomburg, bibliophile and Africana collector.

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