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Jump at the Sun
The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
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About The Book
Zora was a girl who hankered for tales like bees for honey. Now, her mama always told her that if she wanted something, “to jump at de sun”, because even though you might not land quite that high, at least you’d get off the ground. So Zora jumped from place to place, from the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales, to Howard University, to Harlem. And everywhere she jumped, she shined sunlight on the tales most people hadn’t been bothered to listen to until Zora. The tales no one had written down until Zora. Tales on a whole culture of literature overlooked…until Zora. Until Zora jumped.
About The Illustrator
Jacqueline Alcántara is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Field and Freedom Soup. Her favorite days are spent drawing, painting, writing, and walking her dog. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural We Need Diverse Books Illustrator mentorship. Find out more at JacquelineAlcantara.com.
- Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (January 12, 2021)
- Length: 48 pages
- ISBN13: 9781534419131
- Grades: P - 3
- Ages: 5 - 8
- Lexile ® AD1030L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
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Raves and Reviews
*"A lively, joyfully rendered portrait of a literary legend."
– Publisher Weekly, starred review
* “Williams’ narration is a readaloud dream….it will be a joyful guide for folklore enthusiasts”
– BCCB, starred review
* “This introduction to an American icon feels just right.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A welcome addition to any picture book biography collection"
– School Library Journal, STARRED review
Awards and Honors
- CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
- Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
- NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
- Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
- Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Gold Award (CA)
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