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Through rhyming text, this picture book follows an African-American child's day as she celebrates with classmates at school, wins a chess match in the park, and attends her elementary-school graduation ceremony. The rambling verse advises the youngster to keep striving even when encountering dead ends or an unclear path and to embrace the journey no matter where it leads. The text is in the same vein as Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go (Random, 1990). Consisting of paintings combined with collage, Collier's art is reminiscent of his work in Hope Lynne Price's These Hands (Hyperion, 1999) and Nikki Grimes's Welcome, Precious (Scholastic, 2006), including the balloon motif from the latter. The faces have the artist's characteristic luminescence, but the backgrounds are more muted and don't have the intensity of the pictures in Nikki Giovanni's Rosa (Holt, 2005) or Doreen Rappaport's Martin's Big Words (Hyperion, 2001). With its motivational sentiments and colorful artwork, this book might make a great graduation gift. Consider it a limited purchase for libraries.
—Elaine Lesh MorganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.