Honoring Our Ancestors: Stories and Pictures by 14 Artists

Honoring Our Ancestors

Edited by Harriet Rohmer
Illustrated by Maya Gonzalez
published 1999 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
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“The pictures are as lively, colorful, and diverse as the stories, blending realism, metaphor, and memory.” – Booklist

This remarkable book brings together fourteen outstanding and diverse artists to honor the ancestors who most touched their lives and to pay playful tribute to the influential and loving people who came before them.

Caryl Henry honors her grandmother and Madame C. J. Walker, America’s first Black woman millionaire. Nancy Hom honors her father who worked in a Chinese restaurant but possessed the strength of a mighty warrior. George Crespo honors his Puerto Rican grandfather and his Taino ancestors. Mira Reisberg honors her Jewish grandparents who were killed in the Holocaust and the ancestors in spirit who shaped her life.

Through stories, art, and photographs, Honoring Our Ancestors will inspire children and their families to gain strength from the past as they ask themselves, “Who do I honor?”

You’ll see a sneak peak of Maya’s contribution to this book on the cover top right (with the black horse).


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  • Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Winner