Ashley Bryan From New YorkHis father worked as a printer of greeting cardsHad sixth brothers and sistersHe was not published until he was forty years oldfirst African American to publish a childrens book as an author and illustrator
Themes and Techniques Themes Techniques Painting African American Poetry History Music Spirituals Collage Folktale Illustrations Prose Lyrical element Alliteration Onomatopoeia
Fun and Playful Mr. Bryan creates poems and books that flow. Some books can be sung in the classroom. Lyrical elements to most writing
Writing Piece This story is a collection of Nigerian folktales. The book explains the reasons why different animals do not get along. Stories contain morals for children.
Books by Topic: History This book is filled with many African American spirituals. Songs include: "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands."
Implementing into the classroom Sing the African American folk tales in class to improve cultural diversity. Read one of his books about African American culture and have children write about the culture that he or she came from. Celebrate African American culture