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Bird In A Box (2011)

by Andrea Davis Pinkney(Favorite Author)
3.66 of 5 Votes: 2
0316074039 (ISBN13: 9780316074032)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
review 1: Audience- 4-5th grade students, teachers, and young people who are interested in jazz, boxing, or life in the 1930s in AmericaAppeal- It has an incredibly musical and rhythmic feel to the writing. Using actual commentary from Joe Louis' boxing matches, the author is able to build great suspense and excitement around the fights that will capture any reader's interest and imagination. It would be a great fiction book for Black History Month because it combines the golden age of jazz, the life of African Americans in the 1930s, and the importance of Joe Louis to the spirit and pride of African Americans at that time.Pre-class Book
review 2: Three African-American children living in the depths of the Great Depression find their lives intersecting in surprising ways
... more. Hibernia, the daughter of a reverend, wants to know her mother and wants to si-i-ingg. Otis is orphaned after his parents die in a horrific car accident on the way to church. And Willie ends up in an orphanage after his father forces his hand into a pot of boiling hominy. What ultimately brings these kids together is Joe Louis, the great boxer, music, and a little coincidence.I loved Andrea Davis Pinkney's narration at the end of the audiobook. She describes the research that she did to write this great example of historical fiction. She even learned how to box and tells about how hard it is to learn skills for the ring. I enjoyed the audiobook and recommend this selection for 4th and 5th graders reading historical fiction. Willie's narration is the weakest part of the book but kids will connect with his pain and loneliness. less
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Great story set in the Depression era that teaches about boxing legend Joe Louis!
I really disliked this book the grammer was correct and confused to read.
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Good story
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