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The Watcher



by
Nikki Grimes
illustrated by
Bryan Collier

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Imprint
Eerdmans
ISBN
9780802854452

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence
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Nikki Grimes takes the words of a comforting psalm and masterfully transforms them into a tale of compassion, friendship, and faith.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

42

Trim Size

10" x 10"

AR

4.3: points 0.5

Lexile

700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Drawing from Psalm 121, Grimes weaves a dual narrative around two young classmates using the Golden Shovel format. (Each poem uses the words of one line of the original psalm as its ending words.) Jordan makes good choices despite a meek and downtrodden nature. Tanya acts like a bully, her hostility rooted in self-consciousness about stuttering and academic struggles. Both are encouraged by family members to turn to God, who is always watching over them. The message is heavy at times: “where/stutterers aren’t treated like spit.” But Grimes’s skillful use of enjambment keeps the verse fresh. The text is also a valuable study in perspective, offering insight into the character’s motivations and fears. Both gravitate to an aptly named new student, “Israel.” Soon after, the speakers are brought together by Jordan’s commitment to choose kindness and Tanya’s willingness to change. Grimes ends with a brief explanation and encourages young readers to try their hands at this poetry form. Collier’s mixed-media illustrations accompany the text, incorporating paintings and also photographs of real New York City students. VERDICT A strong portrayal of pious characteristics to foster empathy in kids; a fine addition to religious-themed poetry collections. —Maria O’Toole, Carroll Manor Elementary School, Adamstown, MD

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Drawing from Psalm 121, Grimes weaves a dual narrative around two young classmates using the Golden Shovel format. (Each poem uses the words of one line of the original psalm as its ending words.) Jordan makes good choices despite a meek and downtrodden nature. Tanya acts like a bully, her hostility rooted in self-consciousness about stuttering and academic struggles. Both are encouraged by family members to turn to God, who is always watching over them. The message is heavy at times: “where/stutterers aren’t treated like spit.” But Grimes’s skillful use of enjambment keeps the verse fresh. The text is also a valuable study in perspective, offering insight into the character’s motivations and fears. Both gravitate to an aptly named new student, “Israel.” Soon after, the speakers are brought together by Jordan’s commitment to choose kindness and Tanya’s willingness to change. Grimes ends with a brief explanation and encourages young readers to try their hands at this poetry form. Collier’s mixed-media illustrations accompany the text, incorporating paintings and also photographs of real New York City students. VERDICT A strong portrayal of pious characteristics to foster empathy in kids; a fine addition to religious-themed poetry collections. —Maria O’Toole, Carroll Manor Elementary School, Adamstown, MD

Grades 2-6
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