In Her Hands: The Story Of Sculptor Augusta Savage

In Her Hands: The Story Of Sculptor Augusta Savage

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage

A recreation of events from the childhood and early career of Augusta Savage, a pioneering female sculptor and major figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

From School Library Journal
Grade 3–6—Schroeder has taken what is known about the Harlem Renaissance sculptor (1892–1962) and created a fictionalized account of her life from her childhood in Florida to her acceptance into a New York art school. By choosing to focus on Savage's early years, Schroeder presents a part of the sculptor's life that children will relate to. Savage endured harsh criticism from her father, but realized her dream of becoming an artist. An afterword contains much of what is known about her success in school, her major works, her role as an art instructor, and her retirement years. Bereal's full-page and spot illustrations glow with the sunset hue of the red clay Savage first discovered as a child. Two black-and-white images of her work are also included. This is a worthy effort that celebrates the determination of a young woman whose contributions should be remembered.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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