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Monday, August 31, 2015

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

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So I've wanted to read The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Poet all summer long...and I finally did!  I have developed such a love for picture book biographies--and this little lovely was written by a fellow Texan to boot!


Poet:  The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
by Don Tate
published by Peachtree Publishers


The Blurb

George Moses Horton was a slave who loved words.  His determination and passion led him to become the first African-American man to be published in the South.


My Two Cents

From the first sentence, I think I was hooked!  "George loved words." If you are reading this blog, you are probably a word-lover yourself, and as such you know that this is a brotherhood of sorts. This society of like-minded folks is collectively a proponent of those who write and read and jot and scribble.  George Moses Horton was in this society...and Don Tate captures his story beautifully.  He tells us that before George could read, he was busy "admiring the language." And from that admiration a spark of determination was lit.  George taught himself to read.  Now, I don't want to steal the book's thunder, so I will skip the details, but just know that this book covers George's journey from an admirer of words to a producer of words--a champion of words. 

I had never heard of George Moses Horton before, but I loved learning about him through Tate's biography.  This would be a welcome addition to every elementary library.  

About the Author
Don Tate is an accomplished illustrator and winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award.  This is his first effort as both author and illustrator.  Find out more about him at www.dontate.com

Thanks to Peachtree Publishers for providing a review copy of this title!