book: heart and soul

i know Kadir Nelson from all his lush illustrations in children’s books like Please Baby Please, Henry’s Freedom Box and Ellington Was Not a Street. In Heart and Soul: The Story of African and African Americans, Nelson absolutely shows off with his absolutely stunning oil paintings.

heart and soul by kadir nelson

the intimate narrative, also written by Nelson, gently carries readers along like they are sitting at their great-grandmother’s feet on a warm summer afternoon in the country somewhere down south. This story shares the pain, pride and glory of an American experience in a manner that is clear and appealing for any age.


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