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IN A NUTSHELL: Bill Traylor was a slave, a farmer, and finally, as an old man, an artist.

SUMMARY: At age eighty-five, Bill Traylor has lived an eventful life. He was born a slave, and then he became free after the Civil War. He spent many years as a farmer and married a woman, raised a family, and watched his children grow into adults. The memories of his life are too big for him, and he has to find a way to express them, so he begins put them into drawings and paintings, and in doing so, shares his life experience with the world.

KEYWORDS: history,perseverance,neigborhoods

AUTHOR: Don Tate
ILLUSTRATOR: R. Gregory Christie
LENGTH: 21:18

Fountas & Pinnell: O
Accelerated Reader: 4.8
Lexile: 830
DRA: not available

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books