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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

By: Nikki Grimes

Finding inspiration from poets of the Harlem Renaissance, Grimes has composed thought-provoking new poetry with timely themes for today's readers. Preface. Note on the Harlem Renaissance. Author's note. Note on poetry form. Poet biographies. Artist biographies. Sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781619635548

JLG Release: Feb 2017


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: African Americans , Poetry , Twentieth-century U ,S , history , Stories in verse , The Harlem Renaissance

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Awards & Honors

2018 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor, Middle Reader
2018 Claudia Lewis Award
Capitol Choices 2018, Ten to Fourteen
Parents’ Choice Award Winner: Poetry, Gold
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Nonfiction
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Older Readers
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
YALSA 2018 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers Nominee
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2017 Blue Ribbons, Nonfiction

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*

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The vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance is illuminated in Grimes’s provocative poetry collection. In a tribute to the great poets of the era, she offers new verse with contemporary settings using a unique form called Golden Shovel, in which each line of the new poem ends with one of the words in a line from the original. For example, from Lang The vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance is illuminated in Grimes’s provocative poetry collection. In a tribute to the great poets of the era, she offers new verse with contemporary settings using a unique form called Golden Shovel, in which each line of the new poem ends with one of the words in a line from the original. For example, from Langston Hughes’s “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” she renders a poem about a son in a “dwindled” family who proclaims, “ . . . I stand strong like / a tree my baby brothers can lean on. I try to be the / raft that helps carry them over this life’s rough rivers.” Themes of the new poems include self-pride, aspirations, bullying, and peer relations. A clean layout that juxtaposes each original poem with its new verse helps readers make thematic connections. In a framing device, a contemporary girl contemplating a world full of hate and fear revisits, on her teacher’s advice, the powerful works of eight prominent Harlem Renaissance figures, including Gwendolyn Bennett, Jean Toomer, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Returning from her dip into the “glory days” of the Harlem Renaissance, she feels hopeful, reassuring her sister that “life will be rough, / but we’ve got the stuff / to make it.” The poems are complemented by original artistic interpretations by fifteen black artists (e. g., E. B. Lewis, Javaka Steptoe, Christopher Myers, Shadra Strickland) who offer absorbing and engaging images. This enterprising and unusual volume not only introduces the Harlem Renaissance to young readers but also presents the challenge of a new way to write and enjoy poetry. Poet and artist biographies, sources, and an index are appended. pauletta brown bracy

Book Details

ISBN

9781619635548

First Release

February 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

811/.608

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 6"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.1; Points: 7;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Bloomsbury

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

African Americans, Poetry, Twentieth-century U,S, history, Stories in verse, The Harlem Renaissance,

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