In the mid-ninties Mr. Feelings moved to Columbia, South Carolina where he taught art at the University of South Carolina. It was during that time he published perhaps his best known work, The Middle Passage, a powerful depiction of the slave trade, which won the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award. Mr. Feelings was working on finishing his last picture book, I Saw Your Face, a collaboration with the poet Kwame Dawes, not long before his death in 2003.
Books illustrated by Tom Feelings Soul Looks Back In Wonder
After completing the stunning art for Soul Looks Back inWonder, Tom Feelings approached stellar authors Maya Angelou,Margaret Walker, Walter Dean Myers, Lucille Clifton, Haki R. Madhubuti,and Eugene B. Redmond, among others. They wrote poems by Feelings’s artto pass on the heritage of strength, beauty, and creativity to today’sAfrican Americans — especially young people. (ISBN: 0-8037-1001-1,$15.99, 1993)Daydreamers
Poetry and portraits of young blackchildren reveal all the beauty in children’s wishes, yearnings andmemories. (ISBN: 0-14-054624-3, $4.99, 1981)NowSheba Sings the Song
by Maya Angelou
“Striking inits very simplicity, this celebration of black women, is suggested formost high school and YA collections.”Booklist (ISBN: 0-452-27143-6, $11.95, 1987)Moja Means One: A Swahili Counting Book
“Primarily a Swahili counting book, Moja Means Oneis also meant to be a gift of heritage, a glimpse at what is uniqueabout East Africa.” School Library Journal (ISBN:0-14-054662-6, $4.99, 1971)Jambo MeansHello: A Swahili Alphabet Book
by Muriel Feelings
“Thebeautiful vision of African life in the text merely hints of thecommunity breathtakingly captured in the illustrations…The space hasbeen filled with monumental figures that glorify the power and beauty ofman.” The Horn Book (ISBN: 0-8037-4346-7, $15.99, 1971)Something On My Mind
by Nikki Grimes
“Prosepoems express the fear, hope, and yearning of black children in notedillustrator Feelings’s portraits with a one of sensitive realism that ismaintained throughout.” School Library Journal (ISBN:0-14-054705-3, $4.99, 1978)To Be a Slaveby Julius Lester
“Julius Lester has assembled from the words ofslaves and his own pointed but unobtrusive commentary one of the mostpowerful documents to appear in children’s literature.” SchoolLibrary Journal (ISBN: 0-8037-8955-6, $15.99, 1968)
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