Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

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9.8 X 9.6 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Gretchen Woelfle began writing for children by turning family history into short stories and has gone on to publish award-winning picture books, middle grade nonfiction, biographies, and historical fiction including The Wind at Work, Katje the Windmill Cat, and All the World's A Stage: A Novel in Five Acts. She is now focusing on biographies of unsung women in American history: Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer; Write on, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren; and Mumbet's Declaration of Independence. Visit Gretchen online at
Alix Delinois is a fine artist and art teacher living in Harlem, New York. He was born in Saint Marc, Haiti and moved to Harlem as a child. His formal training began at fourteen when he was selected to the City College Arts Institute for inner city students. He went on to the High School of Art and Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute. In addition to his art training, Delinois holds a Master's in Art Education from Brooklyn College. Alix's work displays dynamic color palette and bold compositions to express human emotions and experience.

"Delinois's thick layers of paint and vibrant palette infuse even the story's upsetting moments with hopefulness, and Mumbet herself glows with determination and integrity." --starred, Publishers Weekly

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"This book opens many avenues for discussion, including history, civil rights, the power and interpretation of the law, and imagery and artistry as conveyed by the rich drawings and Mumbet's observations of freedom." --Library Media Connection

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"Delinois' minimalist but highly evocative acrylic illustrations add depth to the sensitive, inspiring text. A great addition to picture-book collections of American history." --Booklist

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"The case is fascinating, emphasizing the destructive irony at the heart of the birth of America and making Mumbet an active and savvy architect of her own release, and this is likely to spur much discussion." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"Woelfle keeps the spotlight on Mumbet and brings her to life as a strong, smart person. Using a vibrant acrylic palette, Delinois highlights the brilliant greens and blues of the Berkshires setting and allows the light to play on Mumbet's face to show both her humor and strength. . . . Though many have not heard the story of Mumbet before, no one who reads it now will ever forget it." --The Horn Book Magazine

-- (5/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Alix Delinois's illustrations beautifully balance the intensity of this history lesson. . . . Woelfle's narrative and her appended notes and references offer opportunities for discussing nuances in the history of American slavery." --The New York Times Book Review

-- (2/14/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Vividly colored illustrations reflect the generally hopeful tone of the story, while bold compositions and thickly layered paint suggest folk art. Freeman's strength of character is reflected in her determined facial expressions and strong stance." --School Library Journal

-- (1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Delinois' full-bleed paintings are heroic in scale, richly textured and vibrant....A life devoted to freedom and dignity, worthy of praise and remembrance." --Kirkus Reviews

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