From a Child's Heartby Nikki Grimes, Brenda Joysmith
Thirteen poem-prayers the author might have prayed as a child, expressing the hopes, fears, longings and ordinary, everyday concerns touching a child's life.
Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFayeI have long admired Joysmith's touching portrayals of daily African American life. Here her drawings beautifully complement the poetry of Grimes. The poems touch on various subjects through poetic prayer. Exploring friendship, large families, fear of parental fighting, homework and many other child-centered subjects, the poems take a compelling look at the world through a child's eyes. Often overly sentimental, the poems do touch on issues that are of concern and interest to young children.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2 Up-Grimes has composed prayerful verses to give voice to the subjects in pastel drawings (done between 1985- 1992) by the African-American artist Brenda Joysmith, who paints a pretty world of healthy and well-groomed children. Youngsters are shown nestled close to their parents, bending their heads together with playmates, and lost in comtemplation or daydreaming. Grimes's prayers, on the other hand, express yearning (in direct dialogues with God) for more time with a single mother, any friend in a new neighborhood, work for a laid-off father, parents who do not fight, or a longer life for a grandmother. The situations are common enough, but here their poetic voices seem false and not well matched to the art. An earnest religious sensibility pervades. There Was a Place (McElderry, 1988) by Myra Cohn Livingston does a better job of evoking the feelings of children in painful family situations, while And God Bless Me, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Knopf, 1982), offers poems of gratitude. Walter Dean Myers's Brown Angels (1993), Ashley Bryan's Sing to the Sun (both HarperCollins, 1992), Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love (Crowell, 1978), and Grimes's own Something On My Mind (Dial, 1986) are all full of vibrant, truthful, and accessible poems about the experiences of African Americans and all young people.-Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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