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The Delany Sisters Reach High 

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

A 2003 picture-book biography of the Delany Sisters for young children, with illustrations by Tim Ladwig


The Delany Sisters Reach High focuses on the childhood of Sadie and Bessie Delany, who followed the advice of their father, a minister and vice-president of St. Augustine’s College, in striving to achieve their best. Bessie Delany became the second black woman licensed to practice dentistry in New York State. Her older sister, Sadie, 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 more than 100 years old and have become inspirations to all those who read their story in Having Our Say. With illustrations by Tim Ladwig, the sisters' happy childhood in the 1890s comes to life in The Delany Sisters Reach High. 

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

[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