Contributor biographical information for A voice of her own : the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet / Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Paul Lee.


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Kathryn Lasky is the author of many books for children, including SUGARING TIME, a Newbery Honor Book; SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES and SCIENCE FAIR BUNNIES; and VISION OF BEAUTY: THE STORY OF SARAH BREEDLOVE WALKER. Kathryn Lasky says she was drawn to Phillis Wheatley’s story because she was fascinated by the relationship between the writer’s voice, her identity as a slave, and freedom.

Paul Lee is a painter and freelance illustrator. He has illustrated the acclaimed AMISTAD RISING by Veronica Chambers, and THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Joy Harjo. While working on A VOICE OF HER OWN, Paul Lee had to do considerable research to make sure the illustrations were historically accurate - research that even entailed renting costumes from a local opera house.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784 -- Juvenile literature.
Poets, American -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women poets -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American poets -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784.
Poets, American.
Slaves.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.