Wednesday, October 13, 2010

One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons

Title: One Million Men And Me

Author: Kelly Starling Lyons
Illustrator: Peter Ambush
Hardback: 32 pages
Publisher: Just Us Books 2007
ISBN: 978-1-933491-07-3
Ages: 5 and Up

The Million Man march was a historical event for this nation. One Million Men And Me is a wonderful view from a young girls eyes when her Daddy takes her along for this momentous occasion. On this journey Nia recounts her experiences of what she saw.

Snuggled up against her Daddy's chest for the long ride to Washington D.C., Nia is safe and secure. Once there, she is engulfed by the spirituality of all the men, some with their sons, walking together in peace and harmony to hear speakers such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Reverend Jackson and Minister Farrakhan.

Through Nia's eyes you see men walking like kings in a rainbow of colors and from all walks of life. Men who are there to take responsibility and pray. She witnesses the unity and pride and hope. Nia could feel the magic and held her head up high.


“Everywhere I looked, fathers and sons, friends and strangers,

clasped hands in unity. Their faces filled with pride.

Their hearts swelled with hope. I held my head a little higher.”


This beautifully illustrated book is a great educational tool for readers of all ages. This experience is one to be recognized and embraced by children and parents. Educators can use this book as an aid in teaching history and the essence of those who helped create it. The Authors Note in the back of the book gives a clearer description of the event.

Anyone who posts a comment to this post or on Kelly's FaceBook author page or blog is entered in a drawing for one of three prizes -- One Million Men and Me T-shirt, tote bag or signed poster. Winners will be announced on Saturday, the March anniversary.

Here's a link to the tour introduction and schedule in you want to visit some of the other stops too:
http://kuumba.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/virtual-tour-lets-get-it-started/

Happy Reading!

12 comments:

Elle said...

I would love to share this book with my girls. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Elle @ http://CleverlyChanging.com

Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for the author/book feature, Kristi! Interesting!

Gwendolyn Hooks said...

Kelly did an amazing job of writing about an historical event and making it relevant to today's young readers.

Nathalie said...

Hi Kristi, I'm not entering the contest, but stopped to say how much I enjoyed reading One Million Men and Me and admiring the illustrations.

This is one book I'm sharing with my family! :)

terri.forehand said...

Great interview, thanks for sharing this author with us.

Christine TB said...

Terrific interview, Kelly.

My daughters enjoyed your book and the intimate glimpse into the march. Thanks for your passion, both for writing and for helping to groom the next generation of authors. Best wishes always.

Kelly said...

Kristi,
Thank you so much for the lovely review! I appreciate your support. Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

Kelly said...

Elle, Mayra, Gwen, Nathalie and Terri,
Thank you for your kind words and support :).

Kristi Bernard said...

Thanks Kelly for this great book. Thanks everyone for stopping by and supporting Kelly and her VBT.

Kelly said...

Christine,
Thanks so much for your support. I appreciate your kind words.

Mozi Esme said...

We posted about your birthday giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/10/picture-books.html

Kristi Bernard said...

Thanks Mozi for stopping by and sharing the giveaway at Winning Readings.

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