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Children's LiteratureThe concise biographical introduction to this handsome collection of poetry by Langston Hughes is the perfect gateway to the world of words built by the poet during his quest to capture the sounds, rhythms, songs, and experiences of "his people." Greatly influenced by Walt Whitman, Hughes produced an influential body of work that left its indelible mark on American literature and culture. The editors have given enough historical information and educated insight in their introductions to each individual poem to give the reader a better sense of interaction with the impressions Hughes was endeavoring to convey. The art work is just as vibrant and lyrical as Hughes' splendid language—the colors and images leap off the pages while portraying an exuberant poem, and then sink down with poems like "The Homesick Blues" and "Genius Child." One of my favorite spreads is of the poem "I, Too" with its joyous image demonstrating Hughes' pride in and attitude toward being African-American. The illustration for "Dreams" is simply perfect. The range and variety of the selections give a good overview of the scope of Hughes' talent with different types of poetry and information about his plays and musical productions. This title is an excellent addition to the "Poetry for Young People" series and will be welcomed by librarians, media specialists, teachers, students, and lovers of fabulous poetry showcased by fabulous art. 2006, Sterling Publishing Company, Ages all.