The Delany Sisters Reach High

Publisher's summary:
The Delany Sisters took the world by storm in the 1993 bestseller, HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS, an oral history of the sensational centenarians by Amy Hill Hearth, the journalist and author who discovered them. In this book, their story takes a new form – an eagerly-awaited biography by Ms. Hearth for children ages 6 to 12.

THE DELANY SISTERS REACH HIGH introduces children to the childhood of two very special African-American sisters who followed the advice of their father, a minister and vice-president of St. Augustine’s College, in striving to achieve their best. One of the sisters became the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State. The other was the first black person to teach domestic science on the high school level in the New York City public schools. They both lived to be over 100 years old and have become inspirations to all those who read their story.

THE DELANY SISTERS REACH HIGH: Publisher's highlights:
* Based on the bestseller, HAVING OUR SAY, and conceived and written by the same author.
* Fascinating details of life in the 1890s.
* Positive images of African-American life.
* Historically accurate, nonfiction account.
* Illustrated by Tim Ladwig. Among the books he has illustrated are THE SHINE MAN, THE LORD'S PRAYER, MORNING HAS BROKEN, and SILENT NIGHT. All have won awards for illustrations.


"With this book, Hearth has added a significant title to the spectrum of children's literature." - The Christian Science Monitor.

"Delivers a striking history lesson." - Publisher's Weekly.

(Tim Ladwig's illustrations are) "sunlit, golden, paradisiacal." - The Washington Post.

"A window into life for African-American families in the early 20th century." - School Library Journal.

"A wonderful biography (which) will delight readers with educational but fun information. (Reading it) can make you a better person." - The Dallas Morning News. (Reviewed by a fifth grade girl.)

"Hearth is an evocative writer with an appealing, direct style." - Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

"Inspiring reading for today's kids." - The Orange County (Calif.) Register.

ISBN 0-687-03074-9