Annal: 2002 Orbis Pictus Award

Results of the Orbis Pictus Award in the year 2002.

Book:Black Potatoes

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.

Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland.

Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal. It's the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, it's also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.

Book:The Cod's Tale

The Cod's Tale

Mark Kurlansky

Age eight and up. The story of the cod and it’s importance for centuries. How a single fish could change the world.

Book:The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer

Barbara Kerley, Brian Selznick

Did you know almost nobody knew what a dinosaur was until the mid-1800s, when Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-size models of dinosaurs? In both his native England and in America, his awe-inspiring creations dazzled anyone who saw them. Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick unearth a story of a remarkable legacy that lives on today ­ the unforgettable story of Waterhouse Hawkins, his triumphant spirit, and his dinosaurs.

Book:Martin's Big Words

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier

In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King’s own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders. From King’s youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to “get big words, too,” to his death at a garbage workers’ strike (“On his second day there, he was shot. He died.”), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and …

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