It Jes’ Happened

By Children's Literature

The text in this book is simple, but the meaning behind the words is profound. The author deals with the subjects of slavery and poverty economically and effectively, with no diminishment of the tragic consequences of either. He also uses a lyrical refrain throughout the book that keeps the story, and the reader, moving through Traylor’s life. The illustrations are gorgeous, a mix of bold and subtle colors, some of which are so life-like that they seem to have been freshly painted. There is an afterward about Traylor’s life and career, with a photograph of the artist, and a reproduction of one of Traylor’s drawings at the end of the book. . . . This book is meticulously researched, and does a faithful and inspiring job recreating the life and work of this exceptional man and artist.

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