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Book Title: Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale|
The author of the book: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Edition: Jump At The Sun
Date of issue: April 4th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780786819584
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Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. (Hyperion, 2006). 32 p. Traditional Picture book.
Summary: Peggony-Po is a sea tale regaling the story of a huge, mythical whale who terrorizes every ship in the sea. Galleon, a seaman who lost his leg to Cetus the whale, carves Peggony-Po out of wood and raises him on the sea. Peggony-Po is eventually the one who is able to tame the whale, and finally rid the world of the beast.
Critique: a) The Pinkneys’ combined story and illustrations create an authentic African American cultural tale. Davis Pinkney’s text accurately creates a new tale in the style of traditional folklore, using elements from stories like “Pinocchio” and “Moby Dick,” but inserting the rarely-heard history of African American sailors. Pinkney’s black ink illustrations add a sense of historically-styled paintings, rounding out the strong cultural accuracy portrayed in this book.
b) The Pinkneys’ have a long list of culturally-accurate African American stories, and have personally committed to increasing the positive portrayals of African Americans in children’s literature. In Peggony-Po, Davis Pinkney describes the boy’s coloring favorably, and is supported in the visual portrayal of the characters by Pinkney’s beautiful illustrations of the variety of skin colors among the seamen on the ship. Also, Peggony-Po’s personality is described positively, with highlights on his bravery, courage and strength.
c) When Galleon carved Peggony-Po, Davis Pinkney describes him as giving the boy “a beautiful dark complexion with a stain made form pekoe tea.” (p. 9) Then, in the discussion between the two characters, Peggony-Po answers to the comment that nobody will capture the whale, “I ain’t nobody.” (p. 9) This shows Peggony-Po using an acceptable yet authentic African American voice, while still depicting his strength and temerity. In the final notes, Davis Pinkney adds a piece about the factual information behind the role of African Americans in the whaling industry in the 1700 and 1800s, adding to the authenticity and accuracy behind this tall tale.
Curriculum Connection: This tale would be a good example of traditional literature for elementary school students. The exaggerated elements are fairly obvious, making it a good example of tall tale study.
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Read information about the authorAndrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Duke Ellington, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award; and Alvin Ailey, a Parenting Publication Gold medal winner.
Pinkney's newest books include Meet the Obamas and Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride, which has garnered three starred reviews and has been named one of the "Best Books of 2009" by School Library Journal. In 2010, Andrea's book entitled Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, was published on the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins of 1960.
Her mother is a teacher and her father is a great storyteller, so growing up surrounded by books and stories is what inspired Andrea Davis Pinkney to choose a career as an author. The first official story she remembers writing was in second grade — it was about her family. Pinkney was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Connecticut. She went to Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism. After college, she followed her dream and worked as an editor for Essence magazine, but after watching her husband, Caldecott Award-winning artist Brian Pinkney, illustrate children's books, she decided to switch jobs and became involved in book publishing.
Andrea Davis Pinkney currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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