The word “classic” means “enduring, historically memorable, and of recognized value” – and it is the perfect word to describe author Kelly Starling Lyon’s book, One Million Men and Me.
One Million Men and Me is the sweet story of a little girl who accompanies her father to Washington, DC to participate in an event that will go down in history. The date is October 16, 1995, the day black men from every walk of life gather in Washington to march, bond, and change the world’s perception of the African American male.
Safe in her father’s shadow and clutching his big, masculine hand, the precocious little girl drinks in the sights and sounds of the march and imagines herself an ebony princess as she strolls among proud black men who have come to make their voices heard and change the world in the process.
I just love this book. Lyons writes in a voice that is authentic and sweet, but artist Peter Ambush’s drawings make the book even more memorable by capturing realistic expressions of love, adoration and fierce pride that virtually leap off the printed page. Don’t miss out on this beautifully moving picture book. It’s extremely adaptable, and is as perfect for the elementary history class as it is for story time around the family fireplace.
Thanks Ms. Lyons, for a job well done.
Best wishes and happy reading,
Picture Book Depot