January 12: Jose Limon. JOSE! BORN TO DANCE

Jose Limon, dancer
Jan. 12, 1908-Dec. 2, 1972

Jose! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Raul Colon (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005)

Jose
“wanted to give a gift to the world, but he didn’t know what it could
be.” Until….he discovered dance. Thus began his spectacular career as a
dancer, choreographer and creator of his own dance company.

Limon’s dance lives. Visit the Limon Dance Company and Foundation website to learn about upcoming performances and the heritage of the organization.

January 12: Ira Hayes. QUIET HERO: THE IRA HAYES STORY

Ira Hayes, WWII hero
Jan. 12, 1923-Jan. 24, 1955


Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story by S.D. Nelson (Charlesbridge, 2006)

Ira
Hayes served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. A
photographer captured a picture of Hayes and five of his buddies raising
an American flag on Iwo Jima. That photo made him and the others
instantly famous. This is the story of his childhood on an Indian
reservation, his time in the military and the effects of war on his
life.

For a photo of the U.S.M.C. War Memorial and a brief history of it, visit the National Park Service site.

January 12: Jack London. LIVES OF THE WRITERS: COMEDIES< TRAGEDIES (AND WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT)

Jack London, author

Jan. 12, 1876- Nov. 22,1916

Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt  (Harcourt, 1994)

London went to seek fame in the California gold rush and found it by writing about it. His most famous work: The Call of the Wild.

A bio, FAQs, photos, images, writings, resources for students and teachers can be accessed at The Jack London Online Collection hosted by Sonoma State University.