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Change Sings



by
Amanda Gorman
illustrated by
Loren Long

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780593203224
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A lyrical picture book debut from presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long.

“I can hear change hummingIn its loudest, proudest song.
I don’t fear change coming,
And so I sing along.”

In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.

Full-color illustrations were created with acrylics and colored pencil.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

2.3: points 0.5

Lexile

AD470L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Stories in rhyme. Change. Social action. Music. Youths’ writings.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-A celebrated young poet and perennially bestselling illustrator pair up to invite readers on a musical celebration of change. Building a story on Gorman's declamatory lines-"I can hear change humming/ In its loudest, proudest song./ I don't fear change coming,/ And so I sing along"-in typically polished, romanticized scenes, Long follows a small Black child carrying a big, beautifully decorated guitar as she gathers a thoroughly diverse group of young musicians to clean up a neatly littered playground, build a ramp for a child in a wheelchair, offer a meal to a homeless mom and son, and finally march beneath a huge urban mural. It proclaims, "We are the change." "I don't make a taller fence," the poet writes, "But fight to build a better bridge." Readers will have to look elsewhere for leads to specific ways and means, but Gorman's soaring appeal to "sing along" joins a long chorus of like calls and may kindle a fresh spate of young social activists. VERDICT So rich are both the art and the verses in uplifting imagery that it's hard to imagine any young audience remaining unstirred by this call to be the change they want to see.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, NY

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-A celebrated young poet and perennially bestselling illustrator pair up to invite readers on a musical celebration of change. Building a story on Gorman's declamatory lines-"I can hear change humming/ In its loudest, proudest song./ I don't fear change coming,/ And so I sing along"-in typically polished, romanticized scenes, Long follows a small Black child carrying a big, beautifully decorated guitar as she gathers a thoroughly diverse group of young musicians to clean up a neatly littered playground, build a ramp for a child in a wheelchair, offer a meal to a homeless mom and son, and finally march beneath a huge urban mural. It proclaims, "We are the change." "I don't make a taller fence," the poet writes, "But fight to build a better bridge." Readers will have to look elsewhere for leads to specific ways and means, but Gorman's soaring appeal to "sing along" joins a long chorus of like calls and may kindle a fresh spate of young social activists. VERDICT So rich are both the art and the verses in uplifting imagery that it's hard to imagine any young audience remaining unstirred by this call to be the change they want to see.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, NY

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