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A Gift of Days

A Gift of Days

The Greatest Words to Live By

Illustrated by: Stephen Alcorn
For Ages: 8 - 12
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The society in which we live has been, and continues to be, inspired by visionaries and heroes from all walks of life: activists and artists, athletes and writers, inventors and explorers, healers and politicians, musicians and moguls. Our world's visionaries and heroes challenge assumptions, push boundaries, and inspire the ordinary to become extraordinary, thereby shaping our world each and every day.

Starting with January 1 and arranged by birth date, A Gift of Days highlights the words and ideas of 366 noteworthy figures -- including Shakespeare and Steve Jobs, Jackie Robinson and Billie Jean King, Beethoven and Buzz Aldrin, Abraham Lincoln and Maya Angelou, Blessed Mother Teresa and Oprah, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi -- to motivate and inspire readers of all ages to become heroes and mentors themselves, the kind of people who nurture and shape the very best of our culture and society.

With resounding words of wisdom, a stunning selection of portraits, short informative biographies of the visionaries, and an illustrator's note, A Gift of Days celebrates the society of which we're all a part and reminds us that we each have the potential to change the world every day of the year.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 128 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416967767 | 
  • September 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 870L
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About the Author

Stephen Alcorn

Born in the United States, Stephen Alcorn spent his formative, teenage years in Florence, Italy, where he attended the Istituto Statale d'Arte, an experience that infused his work with an appreciation for history and a passion for experimentation in a multitude of mediums. Since then he has embraced an equally broad spectrum of themes and subjects, including the interpretation of literary classics, interpretation of poetry, nineteenth-century American history, and notably, the African-American experience -- resulting in a stream of award-winning projects for adult, young adult, and young readers alike. America at War is Alcorn's fifth collaboration with Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Mr. Alcorn lives with his wife, Sabina, and four cats in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in the heart of Cambridge, New York, surrounded by the pastoral farmland of Washington County. An overview of his work may be viewed at www.alcorngallery.com.

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Stephen Alcorn
Q. how did you come to write A Gift of Days?

A. My GIFT OF DAYS (book) project (Atheneum, 2009) is an outgrowth, and in ways fusion, of two disparate publishing endeavors of mine: 1) THE VISIONARY'S ALMANAC (a grayscale, half-page, biweekly feature that is published by MAIN STREET, a newspaper serving the Albany region). 2) A series of full-color e-mail tributes I conceived and mailed out regularly over a three year period celebrating my favorite musicians, authors, directors, philosophers, social activists and cultural icons in general. Replete with salient quotes and original portraiture, the series of e-mail installments was sent under the subject "BOOK OF DAYS".

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