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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2010

    Beautifully Powerful

    Charles R. Smith Junior's re-imagined publication of Langston Hughes' poem, My People, utilizes photography to grasp the celebration of African Americans that was Hughes' focus when creating this poem. Smith showcases the diverse shades, ages, and shapes of African Americans that could be attributed to any race. He places photos of people with dark skin next to the word, "night" and lighter tones of skin next to the word, "sun." This is seen in any race. Obviously, on a personal connection, I see this diversity of skin tone in Caucasians; some are very tan while others, like me, are very, very pale. Although I am pale, I have a slightly pink undertone to my skin. Others may have an olive or brown undertone to their skin as well.

    Smith should be (and was, seeing as he won the Coretta Scott King award) praised for his brilliant work. The expression held between the poem and photographs grasped and moved me. I think others will have a very similar reaction to this book as I did.

    This is another book I would like to have in my future classroom. I hope you enjoy this moving picture book as much as I do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    A Wonderful Story

    That the author was able to take an historical story and make it realative to youngsters in this day and age is remarkable. My three year old absolutely LOVES this book, and never gets tired of hearing it read over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    My people is a poem of African-American life. The illustrations

    My people is a poem of African-American life. The illustrations were real photographs captured in a sepia tone that capture the essance of the words on each page. The book captures the beauty of being a black american today.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    With this book I loose the beauty of the poem by having to read

    With this book I loose the beauty of the poem by having to read it slowly. I constantly wanted to turn the pages wanting to read the book faster but because of this, you loose the beauty of the pictures. However, the photography is beautifully executed-clearly and deserves to win an award. The words and pictures work really well together though and would recommend others reading this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Beautiful Simplicity

    This thirty-three word poem written by Langston Hughes is a wonderful tribute to his people. I love the mystical comparisons he makes with the stars, the night and the sun. Once you are done being touched by the words of this book you will then be amazed by the wonderful photographs added by Charles Smith. The photographs are so spectacular because they give so much to the book and bring the words to life. Not only is the poem the perfect example of simplicity, but so are the pictures, taken in a way that makes you think that the people in them could be someone right in your own neighborhood.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    Creative about culture

    This picture book celebrates African Americans by capturing them laughing, gazing, being deep in thought, and is a book full of love. The poetry and beauty of these photographs in this book are a great way to share a different culture and race (or your own) to your children and/or students in a classroom. Along with the amazing poem written awhile back, Smith captures those beautiful and dramatic photos to more describe the poem. This is a beautiful book.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    For the people

    Langston Hughes is a famous poet in Harlem Renaissance time that brought the era full force with his wonderful words, and poetic style which made him famous. My People written by Langston Hughes focus on young people in this day in age. This book incorporates beautiful words with Hughes poetic style to show the beauty and soul of black people and how they are the importance of history, but what they bring to society.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Artful poetry

    Langston Hughes really has a way with words. Add that to Charles Smith's photographs and the readers receive a beautiful complement of art and poetry. The words are simple, but it says so much through the faces that appear on almost every page. I am not one for poems, but this one was worth reading. It is a good book to own by both a youngster and adult. -FTD

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