It Jes' Happened

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It Jes' Happened
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Growing up as an enslaved boy on an Alabama cotton farm, Bill Traylor worked all day in the hot fields. When slavery ended, Bill s family stayed on the farm as sharecroppers. There Bill grew to manhood, raised his own family, and cared for the land and his animals. By 1935 Bill was eighty-one and all alone on his farm. So he packed his bag and moved to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama. Lonely and poor, he wandered the busy downtown streets. But deep within himself Bill had a reservoir of memories of working and living on the land, and soon those memories blossomed into pictures. Bill began to draw people, places, and animals from his earlier life, as well as scenes of the city around him. Today Bill Traylor is considered to be one of the most important self-taught American folk artists. Winner of Lee & Low s New Voices Award Honor, It Jes Happened is a lively tribute to this man who has enriched the world with more than twelve hundred warm, energetic, and often humorous pictures.
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • 10 4/5" x 1/2" x 9 1/5"
  • Lee & Low Books, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1600602606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600602603
  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
Editorial Reviews

A Kirkus Best Children's Books List Selection
A Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2012
Top 10 Biographies for Youth, 2012, Booklist
Top 10 Black History Books for Youth, Booklist
Top 10 Art Books for Youth, 2012, Booklist
Top 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing List, NYPL, 2012
2012 Lasting Connections List, Book Links

"Tate and Christie capture the spirit behind the work of Bill Traylor, 'one of the most important self-taught American folk artists of the twentieth century" --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This picture-book introduction to the artist Bill Traylor is astonishing in both its biographical facts and how they are depicted in Christie's beautiful illustrations. . ." --Booklist (starred review)

"[A] refreshing reminder that artistic talent is not limited by age or formal training." --School Library Journal (starred review)

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