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The Resource Catching the fire : Philip Simmons, blacksmith, by Mary E. Lyons

Catching the fire : Philip Simmons, blacksmith, by Mary E. Lyons

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Catching the fire : Philip Simmons, blacksmith
Title
Catching the fire
Title remainder
Philip Simmons, blacksmith
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by Mary E. Lyons
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Language
eng
Summary
Tells the story of this African American artist, the great-grandson of slaves, who has achieved fame and admiration for his ornamental wrought-iron creations
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Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 1997
Review
Vivid details about the life of a hardworking blacksmith artist will inspire readers in this engrossing biography from the author of Painting Dreams (1996), etc. The poor, industrious descendant of a slave, Philip Simmons was captivated by the men who fired up iron and bashed it into form the started to work with Charleston's premier blacksmith at the age of 13 and grew into one of the country's "national treasures" of esteemed artists. Simmons went from shoeing horses and fixing wagons, to repairing automobiles and sculpting wrought-iron fences. Now, his elaborate gates and fences decorate the city of Charleston, South Carolina. In nine short chapters told from Simmons's point of view, Lyons shows the arc of Simmons's development, from a dedicated kid with a dream to an accomplished artist. His commitment to his art, and his ability to adapt to changing times despite setbacks, is impressive and heartening, and his attitude--never giving up on the work he loves--resounds. Garcia's full-color photographs show many of Simmons's marvels; the work also includes a good bibliography, but no glossary to help readers more clearly grasp the blacksmithing process. Even without it, readers will come away with respect for hard work combined with creative pursuits, and will surely never look at wrought iron the same way again. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 1997)
Biography type
individual biography
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179871
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DLC
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Lyons, Mary E
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no index present
Intended audience
710L
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Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 3
  • 4
Reading level
4.8
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Garcia, Mannie
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Simmons, Philip
  • Simmons, Philip
  • Blacksmiths
  • African Americans
  • Architectural ironwork
  • Blacksmiths
  • African Americans
Target audience
juvenile
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Philip Simmons, blacksmith
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Catching the fire : Philip Simmons, blacksmith, by Mary E. Lyons
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
301941
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780395720332
Lccn
96038643 /AC
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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  • (Sirsi) i9780395720332
  • (Sirsi) ABN-9821
Label
Catching the fire : Philip Simmons, blacksmith, by Mary E. Lyons
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
301941
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780395720332
Lccn
96038643 /AC
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780395720332
  • (Sirsi) ABN-9821

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