Only The Best: The Exceptional Life And Fashion Of Ann Lowe

ISBN-10: 1452161607
ISBN-13: 9781452161600
Author: Messner, Kate and Margaret E. Powell
Illustrated by: Robinson, Erin
Interest Level: K-3
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: October 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 56

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Interest Level

Grades K-3

Reading Level

Lexile: AD660L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Music

An inspiring picture book biography about the amazing Ann Lowe--the first nationally-known African American fashion designer. A careful snip, a delicate fold. Fabric the color of new petals. Skirts that flare like upside-down blossoms. A garden bursts into bloom! There is no "good enough." For Ann, only the best will do. Award-winning author Kate Messner, costume historian Margaret E. Powell, and fashion designer and illustrator Erin Robinson tell the powerful story of the ground-breaking Ann Lowe, who grew up in a small Alabama dress shop and became the first nationally-known African American fashion designer. Sought after by millionaires and movie stars, her designs walked the red carpet and graced the wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. At a time when the world around her thought African Americans deserved no more than second-class treatment, Ann expected no less than very best for herself. Although she faced many hardships, Ann's spirit, talent, and belief in herself always shone through. This story provides an empowering, real-life role model for young girls--and especially Black girls--to relate to and see themselves in, at an age when building self-confidence is more important than ever.
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