“Excellent book, especially the way you illustrate the steps of a very complicated process,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“The photos are exquisite and text very interesting,” stated Edward J. Sullivan, Ph.D. in Fine Arts, New York University. “It's a very positive addition to the scant literature for adolescents and children on the history and popular art.”
“The story you tell and the facts are accurate,” stated Brian D. Farrell, Ph.D. Harvard University. “Nice work!”
“This is an interesting book on a relatively unknown but beautiful example of urbanism. It should open doors to creative lesson planning by the teachers who use it (including your comparisons of Cienfuegos buildings and the great exemplars in Europe),” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
Independence & Citadelle La Ferrière
“I really liked both; Citadelle is a wonderful evocation of the legends surrounding Christophe and the Citadel. In both, the art is wonderfully chosen!” stated Laurent Dubois, Ph.D. Duke University
Creation of the Maya
“Love the pacing and the photos here,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
Dance of the Deer
“Love the mix of illustrations, especially your contemporary photos,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
”I like the book very much. I also like your voice, both here and in the other books,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“Thanks for introducing me to the life and work of a fascinating artist who is completely new to me,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
”It's a good summary of the main, iconic points of the American Revolution. I like the arc of these 24 pages. The two pages devoted at the end to the Constitution are a great finale to your story,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“The illustrations are fascinating,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“As I look at these quilts, I find things to appreciate for their historical value, as expressions of folk lore, and also in terms of my own aesthetic values. The fan quilt here is vivid. But the fan quilt in your book is elegant in ways I never would have expected. Almost a Japanese quality to the fans. I know the Amish created simple designs, but I don't think of color -- especially such subtle combinations -- when I think of their crafts,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“This book, unlike the others in the series, is written more as a folk tale than a history with the folk-talk cadence and tone of your language,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
The Aztec Calendar Stone
“I like your willingness to let the reader know that ‘we’ are living at a different time, but can still learn from the Aztecs and appreciate their achievements. It looks wonderful. It's a good story, too. I can imagine it being used in a science unit just as much as in an art unit,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
Address the cultural disconnect
“Many Mayas sought asylum in the United States during the Guatemalan Civil War from 1960 to 1996. Those immigrants and their progeny face a loss of cultural identity. These books help the children of the Guatemalan Maya, now Americans, to be proud of where they come from and to know their history," stated Aileen Josephs, Honorary Consul of Guatemala. "The art is beautiful and the stories are authentic.
Informational Text & Literacy in History/Social Studies
“These books perfectly align with the new Reading Standards of Informational Text and Literacy in History/Social Studies,” stated Dr. Cathy L. Pressey of Palm Beach County Schools which purchased books for all elementary schools. “In choosing books for K-12 Curriculum we seek books rich in culture and history. Hinson has covered cultural groups that large publishers have overlooked, but they are definitely important.”
Art of the Caribbean, Central America, & North America
“Beautiful. What a great set of stories. You have quite a tale to tell. Impressive list of consultants too,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University.
“Liberty follows an abstract idea and its imagery,” stated Roy Bartolomei, M.A. Harvard University. “Tenochtitlán covers a larger topic over a much longer period of time. Citadelle La Ferrière is real historical storytelling about a specific event and a single artifact - and in a narrower time frame.”
Aid bilingual learners
“The rich vocabulary of these leveled readers aids bilingual learners transfer reading skills from one language to another,” stated America Debeck a dual language teacher of Palm Beach County Schools.
"One of the interesting things about these books is that they use real art of this culture to discuss it. Literally it's artistic history," said Angela Gonzalez who wrote the Spanish editions. "With these books you can interpret the art of the culture."
Kids connect high art, history, and culture
“On a child’s level, these books connect high art, history, and popular cultures of the Caribbean, Central America, and North America,” stated Rebecca Hinson.
More visuals & background knowledge
“The North American series starts from the ground up as it builds background knowledge of our English Language Learners,” stated Mike Riley, Principal of South Grade Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida. “When students see an amazing work of art on each page, it supports engagement and adds meaning to their reading of American history. The Common Core Question Assessments challenge students to delve deeper in their comprehension of the text.”
“The books stimulate pride in the students’ heritage,” stated Edward Z. Wronsky, Jr., AIA, University of Pennsylvania.
Bridge the learning gaps of English Language Learners
“Over ten percent of public school students in the United States are designated as English Language Learners. The reading achievement gaps between ELL and non-ELL students in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress were 37 points at the 4th grade level and 45 points at the 8th grade level. These books implement best practices to bridge these learning gaps,” stated Rebecca Hinson.
Less intimidating text
“A book with 24 pages is less intimidating to ELL students,” stated ELL & Dual Language Reading Coach Angela Gonzalez of the School District of Palm Beach County. “These titles are useful for close reading, read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading.”
Tap into prior knowledge.
"These Guatemala texts tap into the prior knowledge of our Mayan students, who are learning English as a second language," stated Mike Riley, Principal of South Grade Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida. "When students see a familiar picture on the page, it supports engagement and adds meaning to their reading."
Integrate language arts into the visual arts curriculum
“We use these art books to integrate language arts into the visual arts curriculum,” stated Art Teacher Janet Stanton of Palm Beach County Schools.
High circulation rates
“Our students scour the shelves for the art books with the black spines from Rebecca Hinson Publishing,” stated Media Specialist Sarah McKnight of Palm Beach County Schools. “Our statistics show that their titles have high circulation rates which continue to rise.” Follett Library Resources distributes the series for grades 3-8 under the categories of Common Core, Social Studies, Dual Language, Art, and Multicultural.
2000 dual language programs
“Over the past decade, dual language programs have grown tenfold, with an estimated 2000 now operating,” stated Jose Ruiz-Escalante, President of the National Association for Bilingual Education
Necessary materials for bilingualism
Bilingual books of many genres and a variety of types of materials (e.g., visual, audiovisual, art) are required to meet the goals of bilingualism and biliteracy,” stated Elizabeth R. Howard, Center for Applied Linguistics.