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From Coretta Scott King Award–winning creator Ashley Bryan comes a luminously illustrated primer on celebrated African American poets, from A to Z. “And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely—I’ll make me a world.” —James Weldon Johnson This collection brings together inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets and is sure t From Coretta Scott King Award–winning creator Ashley Bryan comes a luminously illustrated primer on celebrated African American poets, from A to Z. “And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely—I’ll make me a world.” —James Weldon Johnson This collection brings together inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets and is sure to delight readers of all ages.


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From Coretta Scott King Award–winning creator Ashley Bryan comes a luminously illustrated primer on celebrated African American poets, from A to Z. “And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely—I’ll make me a world.” —James Weldon Johnson This collection brings together inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets and is sure t From Coretta Scott King Award–winning creator Ashley Bryan comes a luminously illustrated primer on celebrated African American poets, from A to Z. “And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I’m lonely—I’ll make me a world.” —James Weldon Johnson This collection brings together inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets and is sure to delight readers of all ages.

30 review for Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    I like the artwork here, and the idea of spotlighting African American poets . . . I'm just not sure an A-B-C book was the way to go. Picking random words out of various poems, sometimes not even the first letter of the word, in order to fit the alphabetical theme just made the whole venture seem awkward. It is, however, a great introduction to poets whom, sadly, most of us have yet to meet. I like the artwork here, and the idea of spotlighting African American poets . . . I'm just not sure an A-B-C book was the way to go. Picking random words out of various poems, sometimes not even the first letter of the word, in order to fit the alphabetical theme just made the whole venture seem awkward. It is, however, a great introduction to poets whom, sadly, most of us have yet to meet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Zayas

    Text to teaching connection: I would allow my students to do a class book. We will all collaborate and each person choose a letter. We will then use something related to African American that represent that letter. It could also be used during black history month or just for cultural learning in the classroom. I would also let the kids do the artwork and paining for the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The book features the beautiful artwork you expect from Ashley Bryan while introducing young readers to 25 African American poets and 1 African American spiritual. For me, the alphabet theme wasn't strong enough. Young children will struggle with the reason behind why each poet/poem was paired with each letter. I understand Bryan's rational for not pairing letters with poets' names, but the current pairing seems a stretch. While some pairs -- like F for Freedom, H for Harriet Tubman, K for Kojo The book features the beautiful artwork you expect from Ashley Bryan while introducing young readers to 25 African American poets and 1 African American spiritual. For me, the alphabet theme wasn't strong enough. Young children will struggle with the reason behind why each poet/poem was paired with each letter. I understand Bryan's rational for not pairing letters with poets' names, but the current pairing seems a stretch. While some pairs -- like F for Freedom, H for Harriet Tubman, K for Kojo -- are strong, others seem arbitrary -- A for And, I for If, M for My, etc. I'm unconvinced the alphabet framework adds substantially to the work. I have also been contemplating how to best use this with children. I work with young ones -- mostly three to five year olds. For them, some poems and poem fragments are a perfect match for their knowledge and ability (Dudley Randall, Countee Cullen, Haki Madhubuti, and Nikki Giovanni), but others are generally beyond their ability to comprehend independently (Henry Dumas, Anne Spencer, Raymond Patterson, Owen Dodson, etc.). Despite the simple, straightforward structure, the book probably wouldn't be successful as a read-aloud for the little ones, but could be a very powerful one-on-one and/or guided small group reading. I can see, however, how the book would be an epiphany for around first grade or so. And what an insanely glorious introduction to poetry by African American writers. (I was particularly drawn to the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, and Mari Evans.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina Taylor, She-Her

    According to the Forward in which the author explains the artistic process that resulted in his work, this book is unlike a traditional alphabet book in that it is “not so much to teach the alphabet to the very young, but to introduce a world of poetry and art to all children.” Bryan employs a joyous tone to celebrate various aspects of the black experience, using “only the lines of the poems which inspired the images and capitalizing the alphabet letter wherever it occurred in those lines.” Bry According to the Forward in which the author explains the artistic process that resulted in his work, this book is unlike a traditional alphabet book in that it is “not so much to teach the alphabet to the very young, but to introduce a world of poetry and art to all children.” Bryan employs a joyous tone to celebrate various aspects of the black experience, using “only the lines of the poems which inspired the images and capitalizing the alphabet letter wherever it occurred in those lines.” Bryan’s use of tempera and gouache paints in a bright color palette as well as a heavy brush stroke provide a texture and depth to the illustrations that is mimetic of the cultural richness he showcases. The author extends the text with his illustrations by introducing this technique on the title pages where the book’s folk art style is used to create patterned borders that are reminiscent of kente cloth and sustaining the technique in his depiction of the subjects’ skin tones and the fabrics they wear. The artistic revelry is strictly contained by and balanced within a large frame on each opening that regiments the placement of the poetry, the appropriate letter, and the poet’s name on the backdrop of the illustration. Bryan’s litany closes not with the letter Z but with acknowledgements that list the sources for all of the poems.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Canino

    This book was quite interesting because it was made up of different poems by many different African American authors. There were no main characters because all of the poems were different from one another and there was not a consistent character. This also meant the the point of view changed depending on each poem. Some were first person, like the poem by Raymond Patterson, while others were third person, like the poem by Robert Hayden. Again the setting of these poems varied. Some took place in This book was quite interesting because it was made up of different poems by many different African American authors. There were no main characters because all of the poems were different from one another and there was not a consistent character. This also meant the the point of view changed depending on each poem. Some were first person, like the poem by Raymond Patterson, while others were third person, like the poem by Robert Hayden. Again the setting of these poems varied. Some took place in Africa, while others took place in a bakery. The plot of each poem was also unique to each poem. An example of this is the poem by Owen Dodson, which talked about how life goes on and continues in a cycle. The main ideas of these poems fell under the categories of African American pride, perseverance, family, freedom and respect. I would recommend this book because the poetry is beautiful and the pictures really add to the poems. I was initial quite happy that this book had both poetry and the alphabet in it because both are important for a young reader to know. This African American poetry is very powerful

  6. 4 out of 5

    L11_Laura

    This is an ABC book of African American poetry, but it is anything but the usual ABC book kids use to learn the alphabet. In this book, author Ashley Bryan, takes bits and pieces of poems from African American poets. She carefully and thoughtfully chose tidbits of the poem that inspired great images. She would capitalize the alphabet letter wherever it occurred in those lines and have an amazing illustration to accompany it. The author also was the illustrator, which I think allowed for great im This is an ABC book of African American poetry, but it is anything but the usual ABC book kids use to learn the alphabet. In this book, author Ashley Bryan, takes bits and pieces of poems from African American poets. She carefully and thoughtfully chose tidbits of the poem that inspired great images. She would capitalize the alphabet letter wherever it occurred in those lines and have an amazing illustration to accompany it. The author also was the illustrator, which I think allowed for great imagery with each piece of poem. This book also won the Caretta Scott King Award in 1998. I love the idea of this book and all that it has to offer. The author chose perfect parts of poems that make all readers think and create images in their mind. I will definitely use this in my 3rd grade classroom during poetry units. I think assigning each student a letter in the alphabet in this book and then they research the poem as well as the African American poet who wrote it. Students could present the entire poem to the class as well as their research about the author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah Gerber

    Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry is a collection of poems and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet. This is a picture book that has very bright and colorful illustrations. Some of the poems might be difficult for young children to understand but it is good for elementary students. It is a more advanced way to cover the alphabet and to teach diversity. All of the characters in the illustrations are African Americans and it celebrates their traditions and culture. This book Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry is a collection of poems and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet. This is a picture book that has very bright and colorful illustrations. Some of the poems might be difficult for young children to understand but it is good for elementary students. It is a more advanced way to cover the alphabet and to teach diversity. All of the characters in the illustrations are African Americans and it celebrates their traditions and culture. This book would be useful in the classroom because we could read it as a class and then each student could be assigned a letter of the alphabet and then they could each write a short poem about the letter and draw an illustration that builds on the poem. I personally would probably not use this book in my classroom because I think more modern poems would be more interesting for students. Bryan, A. (1997). Ashley bryan's abc of african-american poetry. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla Parton

    I really enjoyed this book; I believe this book not only includes valuable history but also beautiful illustrations and poetry. The book was written in 1997 and won the Coretta Scott King Award. This book reads like a book for 4-6 because each page is versed with poetry that has complex words and rarely repeats, but the book does follow the ABC's so this book may also have been centered towards 2-3 years. However, I do believe that this is a book that all ages could and should enjoy. The media u I really enjoyed this book; I believe this book not only includes valuable history but also beautiful illustrations and poetry. The book was written in 1997 and won the Coretta Scott King Award. This book reads like a book for 4-6 because each page is versed with poetry that has complex words and rarely repeats, but the book does follow the ABC's so this book may also have been centered towards 2-3 years. However, I do believe that this is a book that all ages could and should enjoy. The media used in this book is tempura and gouache paintings as stated in the book. Additionally, I believe the illustrator's chosen style for this book is expressionism because the colors portray emotions of the poems on the page. An example of style in this book is when the illustrator paints a picture of two African American's holding up a basketball that is colored like the sun and the poetry says: "If I could imagine the shaping of fate, I would think of blackmen handling the sun." This page is bright, warm, and beautiful like the sun and the art expresses that feeling/emotion. This book might be best used to not only help children learn the alphabet but to provide materials that are inclusive and beautifully created in the classroom.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Faith Garner

    Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry is a collection of poems and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet. Ashley Bryan is a man who was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He grew up with six brothers and sisters and three cousins. He was not published until age forty. In 1962, he was the first African American to publish a children's book as an author and illustrator. This book would not be difficult for elementary school students to comprehend. In my opinion, this is a grea Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African-American Poetry is a collection of poems and illustrations for each letter of the alphabet. Ashley Bryan is a man who was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He grew up with six brothers and sisters and three cousins. He was not published until age forty. In 1962, he was the first African American to publish a children's book as an author and illustrator. This book would not be difficult for elementary school students to comprehend. In my opinion, this is a great book. Each letter had an excerpt of an African American poet or poem, which I thought was beautiful. Each piece of poem was engaging and encouraging. African American poetry is like no other. Ashley Bryan's ABCs of African American Poetry feature 26 poems by 26 African American poets accompanied with beautifully vibrant illustrations. It includes poems from the most prominent African American poets like Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Robert Hayden. This book is an excellent introduction to poetry for younger students.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Combs

    I think this is a great introduction or example of poetry for young readers. The illustrations are bright and exciting. The poems are quick (usually around four lines) and easy to understand. I love the way the alphabet was incorporated into each poem. I can only imagine how much work went into this! Since each poets name is underneath each poem, it could be used to expand on their other works when a reader is especially drawn to one in particular. It was also a great mix of contemporary and mor I think this is a great introduction or example of poetry for young readers. The illustrations are bright and exciting. The poems are quick (usually around four lines) and easy to understand. I love the way the alphabet was incorporated into each poem. I can only imagine how much work went into this! Since each poets name is underneath each poem, it could be used to expand on their other works when a reader is especially drawn to one in particular. It was also a great mix of contemporary and more classic poets. Definitely a great place to start or expand on poetry. Activities- -Write a poem using the first letter of your name -Find your favorite poem and illustrate what you think about it (or use the same example for everyone) -use letter magnets to spell out words in poems -use poem magnets to make your own poem -short research on favorite poet -tie in biographies or other books in collection by poets listed

  11. 4 out of 5

    K

    This is a lovely book. That said, using ABCs as an organizing principal is irrelevant to the mission of this book. The mission of this book is to inspire people to discover new African-American poets and their poetry and enjoy Ashley Bryan's illustrations of said poems. Any young people who would be learning ABCs are way too young for the poetry presented here. This causes using the ABCs as an organizing principal to feel gimmicky and as a sales tool. A second problem with this book: what child This is a lovely book. That said, using ABCs as an organizing principal is irrelevant to the mission of this book. The mission of this book is to inspire people to discover new African-American poets and their poetry and enjoy Ashley Bryan's illustrations of said poems. Any young people who would be learning ABCs are way too young for the poetry presented here. This causes using the ABCs as an organizing principal to feel gimmicky and as a sales tool. A second problem with this book: what child will read it? This poetry, easily appreciated by adults, would not be something a child would be drawn to on their own. It's okay for this to be a picture book for adults, but the ABC focus in the title causes most people to buy it thinking it will be for children. Crossed purposes, yes?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunlap

    This book includes many different poems along with colorful pictures. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet and the poems go along with the letter. This book is also a great way for students to learn about a different culture. An activity I would use this book along with would be a poetry lesson. After reading the book aloud to the class I would begin an activity where the students would create their own poem. I would a-sign each student a letter from the alphabet and ask them to write This book includes many different poems along with colorful pictures. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet and the poems go along with the letter. This book is also a great way for students to learn about a different culture. An activity I would use this book along with would be a poetry lesson. After reading the book aloud to the class I would begin an activity where the students would create their own poem. I would a-sign each student a letter from the alphabet and ask them to write a poem incorporating that letter. Each student will then draw a picture to go along with the poem they wrote. In the end the class will have created their own ABC poetry book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Gavin

    I thought this book was really interesting. It is an ABC book, but it is done in a different perspective. Ashley Bryan picked 26 different poems by 26 different authors that highlighted a letter of the alphabet. They are all exceptionally short (5-6 lines most times), but they strongly convey how African American poetry is structured and how they spoke. Many of them poems are excerpts from longer poems, but they still have a strong historical meaning behind many of them. This book would be great I thought this book was really interesting. It is an ABC book, but it is done in a different perspective. Ashley Bryan picked 26 different poems by 26 different authors that highlighted a letter of the alphabet. They are all exceptionally short (5-6 lines most times), but they strongly convey how African American poetry is structured and how they spoke. Many of them poems are excerpts from longer poems, but they still have a strong historical meaning behind many of them. This book would be great for a lesson comparing African American poetry to poetry written in other cultures.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bekka Pierson

    Genre: Multicultural Lit - This story is a book of poems regarding African American Culture. Each page doesn't necessarily start with the next letter of the alphabet but it is included somewhere on the page. For example, "the OLD (O) of our people are the elders of the race and must be listened to, must be looked after". The book continues on like this discussing other parts of the culture. This would be a great book to include when learning about African American Culture. Genre: Multicultural Lit - This story is a book of poems regarding African American Culture. Each page doesn't necessarily start with the next letter of the alphabet but it is included somewhere on the page. For example, "the OLD (O) of our people are the elders of the race and must be listened to, must be looked after". The book continues on like this discussing other parts of the culture. This would be a great book to include when learning about African American Culture.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Grades: 3-6 Genre: Poetry This book was cool to read. She not only teaches the alphabet but also teaches about poetry. Its a shorter read and the pictures kept me engaged. I would most definitely bring this book to teach my little readers in class. Rate 5-5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Oswalt

    My favorite part of this book is that everyone of the poems is about a different poem author. I would use this book to teach kids about different poem authors and type of stories that they would write

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Carroll

    The illustrations are wonderful, and this would be a great book to use to help introduce poetry to a child, or to help a child find a poet they would like to explore more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    Unique poems written about African Americans by African Americans.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Karl

    Ashley Bryan has amazing illustrations full of color. I would use this book in my classroom to teach about art in illustrations as well as poetry. This is a picture book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily Sefcheck

    3rd-5th grade Genre: Poetry This is a great poetry book for African American history. It is a great resource for teaching poetry and it gives students a deeper understanding into another culture.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Brilliant take on the A-B-C book form, excellent selection of poets and beautifully illustrated.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry , published by Jean Karl, Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Illustrated in tempera and gouache and with Alphabet from twenty-five poets. The lovely book gives a picture to illustrate the letter and a poem to illustrate the world. Each page is a discussion and communion with your child. I am still in thought on Anne Spencer's poem from Time's Unfading Garden: Anne Sp 1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator of Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry , published by Jean Karl, Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Illustrated in tempera and gouache and with Alphabet from twenty-five poets. The lovely book gives a picture to illustrate the letter and a poem to illustrate the world. Each page is a discussion and communion with your child. I am still in thought on Anne Spencer's poem from Time's Unfading Garden: Anne Spencer's Life and Poetry called "God Never Planted a Garden" used for the letter "G". Age Range: 4 - 8 years Grade Level: Preschool - 3

  23. 4 out of 5

    Los Gatos Library

    The alphabet is the organizing principle of this poetry collection, but it's not really fair to call it a book about the alphabet. The poetry and the illustrations are the real stars of this picture book. Each page features a stanza of a poem by an African American poet. The stanzas were selected for a young audience, but this book was really made for sharing with a grown up. This would likely be too long for a storytime, unless it was a storytime featured around a particular letter and then one The alphabet is the organizing principle of this poetry collection, but it's not really fair to call it a book about the alphabet. The poetry and the illustrations are the real stars of this picture book. Each page features a stanza of a poem by an African American poet. The stanzas were selected for a young audience, but this book was really made for sharing with a grown up. This would likely be too long for a storytime, unless it was a storytime featured around a particular letter and then one short poem might be a good fit. I imagine this would be a great bedtime book. The stunning illustrations won this book the Correta Scott King Illustrator Honor award for 1998. Every poem is set with a painting in tempera and gouache. These paintings remind me of large murals. For instance, for "I," the poem snippet is from Raymond Patterson. "If I could imagine the shaping of Fate/ I would think of blackmen/Handling the sun." Bryan has painted two young boys playing with a sun that appears like a basketball, while light streams all around.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Summary: This compilation of segments of African American poetry is sequenced using the alphabet. It samples many different styles of poetry and gives voice to various subjects about African American tradition, culture, and pride. The bright watercolor illustrations aid in telling the story of the featured poem's stanzas. Audience: grades 2-5 Uses: Poetry read aloud. Study of various forms of poetry. Uses examples of inference, personification, and use figurative language. Could also be used to s Summary: This compilation of segments of African American poetry is sequenced using the alphabet. It samples many different styles of poetry and gives voice to various subjects about African American tradition, culture, and pride. The bright watercolor illustrations aid in telling the story of the featured poem's stanzas. Audience: grades 2-5 Uses: Poetry read aloud. Study of various forms of poetry. Uses examples of inference, personification, and use figurative language. Could also be used to supplement study of African or African American culture. Additional Notes: Many poems make references to Judeo-Christian religion, a few to African religious traditions. Several poems speak of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Included are notes from the author at the beginning and end to explain the book's set-up and to reference the poems and authors from which the featured segments came.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Annette Ruane

    This book is cool because it is not just your average ABC book. I think children all over the world have seen their fair share of ABC books but not many ABC books are as unique as this one. What make this book unique is that each letter has its own poem assigned to it. I think this allows the book to become relatable to a wider range of children. For example, for the just learning their ABC’s they can recognize the letters and enjoy the pictures, but for the more developed they can read the poem This book is cool because it is not just your average ABC book. I think children all over the world have seen their fair share of ABC books but not many ABC books are as unique as this one. What make this book unique is that each letter has its own poem assigned to it. I think this allows the book to become relatable to a wider range of children. For example, for the just learning their ABC’s they can recognize the letters and enjoy the pictures, but for the more developed they can read the poems and enjoy the book more in depth. I also like the pictures in this book, I believe that colorful and bold pictures are a good way of catching a reader’s attention. Another thing that I enjoy in books is a clear theme. After reading the authors note as well as the book it was clear to be that the author wanted to share their love for the African American culture.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Breanna Haynes

    Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry is a wonderful book of poems that would also serve well as a multicultural book. The book is filled with poems that contain the letters from the alphabet. I think that this book is a really clever way to get kids interested in their alphabet as well as in poetry. The poems are borrowed from other authors, but compiled to make this ABC book. I really enjoyed how the poems seemed lyrical and they are very nice to read. They flow very well. I think that Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry is a wonderful book of poems that would also serve well as a multicultural book. The book is filled with poems that contain the letters from the alphabet. I think that this book is a really clever way to get kids interested in their alphabet as well as in poetry. The poems are borrowed from other authors, but compiled to make this ABC book. I really enjoyed how the poems seemed lyrical and they are very nice to read. They flow very well. I think that this book would be wonderful as a read aloud book when teaching children the alphabet. I also think that this book would be wonderful for multiculturalism, teaching about lyrical or flowing poetry, and just as another way to get kids to appreciate poetry.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Sampson

    This book is one of children's poetry that has won the Coretta Scott King Award. The book does not have a set age range, but I am sure the vibrant colorful illustrations could be fun for children that are 5 years old, and the poetry itself would be more geared towards children over 8-10 years old. I gave this book the rating I did because I really enjoyed the message and the illustrations within it. I also like that the book isn't just geared towards young children, but the fact that even an adu This book is one of children's poetry that has won the Coretta Scott King Award. The book does not have a set age range, but I am sure the vibrant colorful illustrations could be fun for children that are 5 years old, and the poetry itself would be more geared towards children over 8-10 years old. I gave this book the rating I did because I really enjoyed the message and the illustrations within it. I also like that the book isn't just geared towards young children, but the fact that even an adult would find it interesting. I also find it worthy to note that the author did not write the poetry within the book, but took pieces of other poetry and included them in the book. The book touches on the life of an African American and the things they face in life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Ashley Bryan collected a poem for each letter of the alphabet. Each poem was written by an African American and each highlights a letter though the letter may appear anywhere in the poem and anywhere in a word. He then created some fabulous illustrations that pertain to the word or phrase in the poem that is highlighted. I especially enjoyed the excerpt from Langston Hughes' poem Refugee in America, but there were many others that I will be using with students for poetry month and all year long. Ashley Bryan collected a poem for each letter of the alphabet. Each poem was written by an African American and each highlights a letter though the letter may appear anywhere in the poem and anywhere in a word. He then created some fabulous illustrations that pertain to the word or phrase in the poem that is highlighted. I especially enjoyed the excerpt from Langston Hughes' poem Refugee in America, but there were many others that I will be using with students for poetry month and all year long.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hatka Kecalovic

    The book Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry depicts several African American poets. The book can be used for lessons on African American history, particularly African American writers. The book can also be used as a resource for addressing letters withing the alphabet. The book can also be a resource for lessons on poetry. This book can be used during African American studies in grades Kindergarten-5 grade. The book Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry depicts several African American poets. The book can be used for lessons on African American history, particularly African American writers. The book can also be used as a resource for addressing letters withing the alphabet. The book can also be a resource for lessons on poetry. This book can be used during African American studies in grades Kindergarten-5 grade.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rafael

    The words and illustrations come together to provide an enlightening, entertaining, and educational book for young readers, aged 6-9, but truly readers of any age can benefit from this exceptional work. Bryan's book introduces various African-American writers of poetry in alphabetical order. Young readers have letter chronology emphasized while they explore beautiful imagery and deepen in awareness about the history of African-Americans and their inspirational poetry. The words and illustrations come together to provide an enlightening, entertaining, and educational book for young readers, aged 6-9, but truly readers of any age can benefit from this exceptional work. Bryan's book introduces various African-American writers of poetry in alphabetical order. Young readers have letter chronology emphasized while they explore beautiful imagery and deepen in awareness about the history of African-Americans and their inspirational poetry.

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