The Ballad of Belle Dorcas

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Random House Children's Books, 1995 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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In this mesmerizing African-American tale, a beautiful free-issue girl,
Belle Dorcas, seeks out a conjure woman to concoct a spell that will prevent
her husband from being sold and sent away by their master. A "first-rate piece
of storytelling"--(starred review) "Booklist." "The effect of the fluent,
dramatic storytelling is immeasurably enhanced by the striking artwork, which
casts its own spell."-- "The Horn Book."

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About the author (1995)

Brian Pinkney, author and illustrator, was born August 28, 1961. He has received the Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations, three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, and in 1997, he won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his book, The Adventures of Sparrowboy. He has also won two Caldecott Honor awards for his illustrations with the books: The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Pinkney primarily uses the scratchboard illustrative technique with most of his books. Pinkney lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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