The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

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by Langston Hughes, Brian Pinkney, J. Brian Pinkney
     
 

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Powerful, exuberant, joyful, reverent-The Dream Keeper and Other Poems celebrates hopes, dreams, aspirations, life, and love. Originally published in 1932, this important collection by the great African-American writer Langston Hughes contains some of the finest twentieth-century poetry ever written. Knopf is proud to bring back this beloved classic in a striking new… See more details below

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Powerful, exuberant, joyful, reverent-The Dream Keeper and Other Poems celebrates hopes, dreams, aspirations, life, and love. Originally published in 1932, this important collection by the great African-American writer Langston Hughes contains some of the finest twentieth-century poetry ever written. Knopf is proud to bring back this beloved classic in a striking new paperback edition with handsome scratchboard illustrations by Brian Pinkney that capture the ageless appeal of the poems. There are also seven additional poems by Hughes that are especially appropriate for children, and an introduction by noted children's poet Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Certainly The Dream Keeper is for children, but its inspirational, proud, and uplifting message will resonate in the hearts and minds of all readers today, just as it did more than half a century ago.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Originally published in 1932, this edition of Hughes's vibrant poems includes seven additional poems and is enhanced by dynamic scratchboard art. All ages. (Dec.)
Children's Literature
Originally published in 1932 this 75th anniversary edition of Langston Hughes’s poetry is a treasure. Hughes’s optimistic and vibrant portrayal of the African American experience speaks to readers of any race or creed. There is a beauty captured in each of these poems that will bring the reader to them over and over again. These poems would make a strong starting point for any parent, teacher, or guardian who wishes to introduce poetry into a child’s life. The text itself contains the original poems in the collection along with seven additional poems. The additional poems were chosen because they were viewed as child-friendly. The book also includes an introduction by the children’s poet Lee Bennett Hopkins. The attractive hardcover text includes fluidly beautiful scratchboard illustrations. They enhance the reading experience and often seem to be a direct reflection of the words in each poem. This title would be an enriching and valuable asset to any elementary or junior high classroom setting. It would also be a beautiful gift for any child. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
Hazel Rochman
Hughes' classic poetry collection, originally published for young people in 1932, is reissued here in a handsome new edition. It includes seven additional poems, a fine introduction by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and a personal afterword by Augusta Baker. Black-and-white scratchboard illustrations in Pinkney's signature style express the emotion and beat of the poetry, the laughter that hides pain, the celebration and the struggle of the African American experience, and the music of the weary blues. The poems are as powerful today as they were 60 years ago, colloquial and direct yet mysterious and complex. The simplicity of these lines makes them accessible to middle-graders but doesn't detract from their appeal to older readers. As Hopkins says, "Poem: I loved my friend" has become an elegy for separation and loss. History and the most private feeling "mingle themselves softly" in the voices that "cross and recross" here. Demanding to be spoken aloud, the words sing for all of us. There's no better way to show kids that poetry is about them than to share this collection.
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"There's no better way to show kids what poetry is about than to share this collection."—Booklist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679944218
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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