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Jump Back, Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

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This illustrated collection of poems by one of the premier black poets of all time includes such gems as "A Boy's Summer Song, " "The Sparrow, " and "Little Brown Baby."

An illustrated collection of poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, including "A Boy's Summer Song," "The Sparrow," and "Little Brown Baby."

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Overview

This illustrated collection of poems by one of the premier black poets of all time includes such gems as "A Boy's Summer Song, " "The Sparrow, " and "Little Brown Baby."

An illustrated collection of poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, including "A Boy's Summer Song," "The Sparrow," and "Little Brown Baby."

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Selected and with an introduction by Ashley Bryan and Andrea Davis Pinkney. This handsome piece of bookmaking showcases fourteen poems by late-nineteenth-century writer Paul Laurence Dunbar, including "Little Brown Baby," "Dawn," and "A Negro Love Song." Each of the six artists has illustrated two to three poems in an arrangement that urges the viewer both to linger on each illustration and to keep turning the pages. The layout is sumptuous and spacious; the variety in artistic styles lends a vitality that matches the tone of many of Dunbar's poems. The introduction establishes Dunbar's importance as an African-American poet and discusses his controversial decision to write poems in black dialect as well as in standard English. Riches all around. m.v.p.
Naomi Shibab Nye
This inviting collection of poems by one of the master voices of the last turn-of-the-century era, Paul Laurence Dunbar, succeeds in every way. Six of our finest black artists and children's book illustrators provide paintings that illuminate the elegant pages. Having all these artists within one volume's covers is, itself, a glory.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This affectionate celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar's (1872-1906) work features uniformly excellent illustrations--an engaging and coherent pastiche of various mediums and palettes that delight the eye. From Bryan's dazzling tempera and gouache painting of the dawn to Jerry Pinkney's enticing dust jacket illustrating a courting poem, the visual images beckon the reader to sample the energy and vitality of the poems. In a touching afterword, each illustrator discusses the value of Dunbar's poetry, both personally and in terms of African-American culture. However, despite these tributes to the ongoing influence of Dunbar's work and the editors' attempts to select verse that will translate well to contemporary children, the language of some poems may pose difficulties. Reading certain poems requires a willingness to leap across the barriers of dialect ("But be hea't goes into bus'ness fu' to he'p erlong de eah") or of the conventions of turn-of-the-century poetry ("Ah, Douglass, we have fall'n on evil days,/ Such days as thou, not even thou didst know"). Happily, one of Dunbar's gifts was his range of poetic styles; works such as the eloquent "Dawn" ("An angel, robed in spotless white,/ Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night./ Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone./ Men saw the blush and called it Dawn") will more easily introduce a new generation to Dunbar's legacy. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bryan, Carole Byard, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, and Faith Ringgold pay tribute to Dunbar, a poet who heard the rhythms in everyday life and recorded them, e.g., "Jump back, honey, jump back" is what waiters called out to one another before coming out the swinging door of the kitchen into the dining room of a restaurant. Here, that phrase is part of "A Negro Love Song," which Jerry Pinkney envisions as a young man and young woman at a garden gate. "Little Brown Baby" is a poem written for his father; "Dawn," captures the quiet mystery of a new day: "An angel, robed in spotless white,/Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night./Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone./Men saw the blush and called it Dawn." Readers will enjoy these poems and the variety of illustrative styles, but the words are even more meaningful if they are recited aloud. (Poetry. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786804641
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/15/1999
  • Series: Jump at the Sun Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) has frequently collaborated with his wife, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Some of their other books include, Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride, Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, for which Brian was awarded a Caldecott Honor. Brian was also a Caldecott Honoree for The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci , and he won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for In the Time of the Drums by Kim L.Siegelson.
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