Magnolia Flower Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi Magnolia Illustrated by Loveis Wise

Back of Book:

Born to parents who fled slavery and the Trail of Tears, Magnolia Flower is a girl with a vibrant spirit. Not to be deterred by rigid ways of the world, she longs to connect with others, who too long for freedom. She finds this in a young man of letters who her father disapproves of. In her quest to be free, Magnolia must make a choice and set off on a journey that will prove just how brave one can be when leading with one’s heart.

The acclaimed writer of several American classics, Zora Neale Hurston wrote this stirring folktale brimming with poetic prose, culture, and history. It was first published as a short story in The Spokesman in 1925 and later in her collection Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick (2020).

Tenderly retold by #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi, Magnolia Flower is a story of a transformative and radical devotion between generations of Indigenous and Black people in America. With breathtaking illustrations by Loveis Wise, this picture book reminds us that there is no force strong enough to stop love.

Why I Love This Book:

I received a copy of this picture book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. 

 Originally a short story by Zora Neale Hurston that’s been adapted to this beautifully illustrated picture book Magnolia Flower adapted by Ibram X. Kendi is a moving and powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. Magnolia Flower was born to parents who survived Middle Passage slavery and the Trail of Tears. Inspired by her parent’s story, Magnolia goes on her own journey falling for a man named John. When Magnolia’s father doesn’t approve Magnolia must choose to follow her parent’s path, or create her own. Written with lyrical text and stunning figurative language, Magnolia Flower brings history to life in a profound way. The illustrations by Loveis Wise are whimsical and draw readers into the story. The back of the book includes a historical note as well as an author about the importance of this story. Magnolia Flower is a true treasure and is a perfect book for home or in the classroom. 

Ages 5 and up

 40 Pages

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