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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Celebrate Black History Month w/ A Good Children's Book!


Just Call Me Joe Joe by Jean Alicia Elster

Amazon Rating: 5

Just Call Me Joe Joe by Jean Alicia Elster is a very quick, informative and entertaining read. The first of a 3-book series, this title is the story of Joe Joe, an African-American boy who loves to read. In this particular selection, Joe Joe is introduced to the world of the Negro Baseball League. While this book is informative from a historical perspective, the storyline also affords children lessons about hygiene, materialism, and meeting adversity.

Just Call Me Joe Joe is also illustrated very well. The pictures are very helpful for ELL students. I highly recommend this selection for a Black History children’s selection, or just to add to any school or library bookshelf.

Review by Tavares S. Carney

Just Call Me Joe Joe is the first of the “Joe Joe in the City” book series published by Judson Press. Just Call Me Joe Joe was released in October 2001 and is now in its second printing. The remaining volumes include I Have A Dream, Too! (May, 2002), I’ll Fly My Own Plane (September, 2002), and I’ll Do the Right Thing (January, 2003).  Jean Alicia Elster was awarded the 2002 Governors’ Emerging Artist Award by ArtServe Michigan in recognition of the series. I’ll Do the Right Thing was awarded the 2004 Atlanta Daily World Atlanta Choice Award in the category of children’s books.

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1 comment:

  1. I have lost count of how many xs I've bought and given away these books. I use them to teach in my college classes and with practicing teachers through professional development. They are always a hit. They are treasures for our children.