Hope's Gift (Hardcover)
A poignant story celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
It's 1862 and the Civil War has turned out to be a long, deadly conflict. Hope's father can t stand the waiting a minute longer and decides to join the Union army to fight for freedom. He slips away one tearful night, leaving Hope, who knows she may never see her father again, with only a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, Papa says, echoes the promised song of freedom. It's a long wait for freedom and on the nights when the cannons roar, Papa seems farther away than ever. But then Lincoln finally does it: on January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and a joyful Hope finally spies the outline of a familiar man standing on the horizon.
Affectingly written and gorgeously illustrated, "Hope's Gift "captures a significant moment in American history with deep emotion and a lot of charm.
About the Author
Kelly Starling Lyons grew up in Pittsburgh. She is the award-winning author of several books for children including Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King illustrator award book, and Hope's Gift.
Don Tate has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed booksfor children. In 2013, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats NewWriter Honor Award for his book It Jes' Happened: WhenBill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books). Visit hiswebsite at www.dontate.com.