by Mary E. Lyons
A hard bound biography for young readers:
When he was thirteen years old, Philip Simmons caught the blacksmith fever. And for seventy years he has crafted lumps of metal into beautiful ornamental pieces. His gates, fences, and railings decorate the city of Charleston, South Carolina, where he has lived and worked most of his long life.
In the only book for young readers about this amazing African-American craftsman, Mary E. Lyons evokes the vision of a remarkable man. Researching the book with intricate care, she visited frequently with Simmons and others who worked with him. Using the artist's own words, she has pulled together not only a compelling portrait of the man and his work, but of his journey from great-grandson of slaves to nationally renowned artist.
Lyons tells the story of someone who loves his work and who creates art with passion. Philip Simmons is truly a working person's hero and role model.
Catching the Fire presents the landscape of his life.