Extraordinary Magic: The Storytelling Life of Virginia Hamilton

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$18.99  $17.66
Christy Ottaviano Books-Little Brown and Hachette
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10.1 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Nina Crews is the acclaimed author and illustrator of I'm Not Small and One Hot Summer Day and the illustrator of Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm's Fight for Change by Tameka Fryer Brown, as well as Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson, and The Neighborhood Mother Goose. She is the recipient of the NY Library Association Empire State Award. Nina lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. She invites you to visit her online at ninacrews.com.

"Before she was an award-winning author of children's books, Virginia Hamilton (1934-2002) learned the art of storytelling from her close-knit family. Crews's free-verse poems recount Hamilton's Ohio upbringing learning from her father about Black luminaries, and wondering how she might shine like the starry individuals in her beloved family.... Digitally rendered, shape-based illustrations attend slice-of-life lines to emphasize Hamilton's experiences walking through the world as a storyteller whose 'most extravagant trips/ were in her mind.'"--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Extraordinary Magic:

* "Depicting the genesis of the imaginative world of a groundbreaking writer for children, this is the first picture book biography about Virginia Hamilton . . . Purchase this lovely picture book . . . to encourage future creators. With every page, readers will be inspired to follow their own magic."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Poems and pictures trace Virginia Hamilton's family history, childhood, and growth into a writer.... In poem after poem--all in delicate, unrhymed verse--Crews carefully gives budding writers a role model.... Both a tribute to Hamilton's genius and an invitation to those yet to come."--Kirkus