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Dear Benjamin Banneker
Contributor(s): Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Author), Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0152018921     ISBN-13: 9780152018924
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1998
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Annotation: Benjamin Banneker was born free when most blacks were still enslaved. A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, he was the author of the first published almanac written by a black man. Throughout his life Bannecker was troubled that all blacks were not free. So, in 1791, he sent a letter to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Here is the extraordinary correspondence between the two men. Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Dewey: B
LCCN: 93031162
Age Level: 6-9
Grade Level: 1-4
Lexile Measure: 1100 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Guided Reading: T (Grade 5)
Physical Information: 0.11" H x 8.07" W x 10.97" (0.34 lbs) 32 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 18th Century
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 08/24/1998
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 12698
Reading Level: 6.4   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the institution of slavery and dared to call Jefferson a hypocrite for owning slaves. Jefferson responded. This is the story of Benjamin Banneker--his science, his politics, his morals, and his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. Illustrated in full-page scratchboard and oil paintings by Caldecott Honor artist Brian Pinkney.


Contributor Bio(s): Pinkney, Andrea Davis: - Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times best-selling author of several books for young readers, including the novel Bird in a Box, a Today Show Al Roker Book Club for Kids pick, and Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Additional works include the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book Duke Ellington, illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney; and Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City.Pinkney, Brian: - Brian Pinkney is a celebrated picture-book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors. His professional recognition includes the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He has collaborated with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, on several picture books including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.
 
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