Publication Date: April 22, 1981
This is a packet that includes both 'What Am I?' and 'A Parents' and Teachers' "What Am I?" Guide for Children' books written, designed and illustrated by Lenn Redman.'What Am I?' is an illustrated poem in book form. Its cover and 7 of its pages are in full color. The pages are separated by transparent sheets to protect the illustrations, which are suitable for framing. Mr. Redman's motivation for this fine writing was to help offset racial and national prejudice. 'What Am I?'graphically shows that mankind's composition of a multitudinous variety of types of people is what we have, not in opposition to, but in common with each other. Our differences are supplementary and can be used beneficially for universal needs.A Parents' and Teachers' "What Am I?" Guide for Children is a sequel to the "What Am I?" book, made for parents and teachers to relay the philosophy to children. For those who may not be familiar with poetic abstractions, Mr. Redman explains the meaning of the What Am I? poem. Its illustrated verses are repeated here in miniature for convenient reference. The drawings in this book may not be reproduced for resale but may be photocopied for children to color and draw on. The pages have been perforated for easy removal.Lenn's message is important and seemingly ahead of it's time. Considering the crisis in our schools, communities and in the world, the importance of diversity education is paramount!
Mr. Redman's motive for this fine writing was to help offset racial and national prejudice. He asserts that Abraham Linclon's famous statement, 'All men are created equal,' did not succeed, nor could such a premise ever succeed in overcoming prejudice. There is no prejudicial Caucasian who could possibly be convinced he is anything like his Black or Oriental contemporaries. The converse is equally true. The fact is, nothing in existence is exactly like its counterparts, and people are as different from each other as the leaves on a tree. That is fine, for it is nature's design.'What Am I?' graphically shows that mankind's composition of a multitudinous variety of types of people is what we have, not in opposition to, but in common with each other. Our differences are supplementary and can be used beneficially for universal needs. -- Los Angeles Central Public Library
About the Author
Lenn Redman was a world renown caricaturist, artist, cartoonist, illustrator, animator, entertainer, author, poet and civil rights advocate. His career spanned more than 50 years and included; Caricaturist at the 1933 Worlds Fair / Animator for Walt Disney Studios, where he worked on Fantasia / Animator for Leon Schlesenger Studios, where he worked on Porky Pig / Commercial Art Studio, where he was a cartooning instructor / Chicago Tribune, where he drew Mary Worth comic strip / Chez Paree Night Club, where he drew caricatures / 'You Asked For It' variety show, where he drew caricatures / Animator for Filmation Associates / Animator for Hanna-Barbara Productions / Author of 'How To Draw Caricatures'.Mr. Redman created the 'What Am I?' series prior to his death in 1987. In 1982 The National Conference of Christians and Jews printed and distributed a million copies of the 'What Am I?' series in commemoration of National Brotherhood Week. His message was important then and seemingly ahead of it's time. Considering the crisis in our schools, communities and in the world, the importance of diversity education is paramount!