The Art of Charly Palmer

h1 October 4th, 2017 by jules

“… Mama Africa helps the refugees — young men and women, even children.
She gives them food, clothes, and song. When her song becomes too loud for some,
they say she is not a singer but a politician. ‘I am no politician,’ she says.
‘I just see what I think is wrong and what is right.'”

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At Kirkus last week, I chatted here with artist Charly Palmer about his illustrations for Kathryn Erskine’s Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2017).

Today, I’m following up with some spreads from the book.



“Her anger fuels her fight to stop apartheid! …
She hopes the whole world will watch. …”

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“‘Mama Africa! She sings for us!’ Her people hear her roar. …”
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“‘Home!’ Mama Africa was finally home. She sang in celebration! …”
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MAMA AFRICA!: HOW MIRIAM MAKEBA SPREAD HOPE WITH HER SONG. Text copyright © 2017 by Kathryn Erskine. Pictures copyright © 2017 by Charly L. Palmer. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York.

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