The Resource Step right up : how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman ; illustrated by Daniel Minter

Step right up : how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman ; illustrated by Daniel Minter

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Step right up : how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness
Title
Step right up
Title remainder
how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness
Statement of responsibility
by Donna Janell Bowman ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
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eng
Summary
"A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century. Includes afterword and author's sources"--
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Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2016
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
  • Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award (South Dakota), 2018.
Review
  • Gr 2–6—A profile of William "Doc" Key and his relationship with animals, specifically his skilled horse Jim. Key was born a slave in Shelbyville, TN, in the 1830s. After the Civil War, he stayed in Shelbyville and built a veterinary where he sold his homemade remedies, and became very successful. Referred to as "Doc" Key, he traveled extensively while pursuing various entrepreneurial goals. Key eventually trained a clumsy colt named Jim to amaze audiences with his uncanny ability to spell and do math. He donated portions of his proceeds to humane societies and was instrumental in raising awareness for the compassionate treatment of animals. Minter's linoleum block prints, painted with acrylic, add the perfect historic feel to an incredible true story. The extensive back matter will be useful for student reports. VERDICT A solid purchase for most collections with an interest in biographies and animal rights.—Jennifer Steib Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC --Jennifer Steib Simmons (Reviewed 10/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 10, p126)
  • /* Starred Review */ Born into slavery, William “Doc” Key drew national attention at the end of the 19th century for his training of a horse that eventually became known as Beautiful Jim Key, teaching the animal how to “combine letters to spell words, choose numbers to make sums, find flags to identify states, move clock hands to tell time, and a whole lot more.” Themes of racial injustice and the harsh treatment of animals offer a poignant supplement to the main narrative (“Kindness, kindness, and more kindness, that’s the way,” was how Doc Key described his success with Jim), which has another sturdy complement in Minter’s (Ellen’s Broom) bold linoleum block prints. Though debut author Bowman focuses on Doc’s relationship with Jim, a substantial afterword will leave children eager to learn more about Doc Key’s remarkable life, including his reluctant service work with Confederate forces during the Civil War and his efforts to free the enslaved. Ages 7–12. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (Sept.)
			
			This review has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly named the breed of horse described in the book. --Staff (Reviewed 08/15/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 33, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Minter’s acrylic-painted linoleum-block prints combine with Bowman’s story of a former slave who trained a brilliant horse for a memorable book.Born circa 1833 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, William “Doc” Key earned his nickname by developing expertise in caring for horses. He had helped many horses give birth, but when his purebred Arabian, Lauretta, gives birth to a weak, “spindly, shank-legged” colt, Doc despairs of ever raising a prizewinning racehorse. Raising Beautiful Jim Key with the attention a doting parent gives a child, Doc soon realizes that he has no ordinary horse. Over time, Doc teaches Jim to answer questions, spell words, and write letters on a blackboard. Doc makes a living from selling his liniments on a medicine wagon, but when Jim performs in the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, held in Nashville in 1897, it catapults both of them to fame, which Key uses to promote animal welfare. Surrounding this amazing and mostly true story is the American segregation that prevented Doc and Jim from performing in certain places and for certain audiences. The strong, black lines of Minter’s prints give the book an old-time–y feel; colored in a palette of gold, brown, and green, they glow with life. Photographs of Doc and Jim in the backmatter along with useful historical information on the pair will give readers valuable background and context. An incredible story that ought to be widely known—a must-read. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10532904
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bowman, Donna Janell
Dewey number
179/.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
910L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
HV4712
LC item number
.B723 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 6
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Minter, Daniel
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True
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Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Key, Bill
  • Key, Bill
  • Beautiful Jim Key (Horse)
  • Humane education
  • Horses
  • Horse trainers
  • Human-animal communication
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Beautiful Jim Key (Horse)
  • Horse trainers
  • Horses
  • Human-animal communication
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Humane education
  • Beautiful Jim Key (Horse)
  • Humane education
  • Horses
  • Horse trainers
  • Human-animal communication
  • Human-animal relationships
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness
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Step right up : how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1526848
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781620141489
Lccn
2015030604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620141489
  • (OCoLC)918940761
Label
Step right up : how Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman ; illustrated by Daniel Minter
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1526848
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781620141489
Lccn
2015030604
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620141489
  • (OCoLC)918940761

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