Sienna's Scrapbook : Our African American Heritage Trip
by Parker, Toni Trent; Genovese, Janell (ILT)

While on vacation with her family, Sienna is disgruntled to discover that they will be visiting black historical sites along the way, including the Amistad and the Apollo Theater, but she soon changes her mind when she discovers that learning can be the best souvenir of all.

Toni Trent Parker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and did graduate work in African American history at U.C. Berkeley. She co-founded Black Books Galore! and wrote several books for children.

Janell Genovese earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three young children.

Sienna groans when she hears her family's perfectly fun, 700-mile road trip from Connecticut to North Carolina will be ruined with educational trips to African-American historical sites. Much to her delight, she discovers that Krispy Kreme donuts are everywhere-and that history's more interesting than she thought. Written in diary format with a "handwritten" font on lined paper, this is packed with informational asides, actual photographs and playful illustrations of the family eating Maryland crabs, or of sights along the way. The travel perspective is childlike, but the narrative often stumbles as it tries to combine the requisite "ughs" and "awesomes" with more factual statements and curiously dry quotations from Sienna's parents. Since the journey stops are so carefully, chronologically demarcated, a more detailed map for readers to track the trek would have been helpful. Still, the overall travelogue is colorful and engaging and offers a unique glimpse of the cultural heritage of African-Americans in the United States. (list of places with contact information and web sites, author's note) (Fiction. 7-11) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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