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Read and Rise
     

Read and Rise

by Maya Angelou
 

Scholastic and the National Urban League come together with Myles and Sandra Pinkney to inspire African-American children to realize their dreams and achieve their goals through reading.

In a chair turning pages sitting in the cockpit flying high in the sky READ AND RISE

Through reading, children can be inspired to become almost anything: pilot, teacher,

Overview

Scholastic and the National Urban League come together with Myles and Sandra Pinkney to inspire African-American children to realize their dreams and achieve their goals through reading.

In a chair turning pages sitting in the cockpit flying high in the sky READ AND RISE

Through reading, children can be inspired to become almost anything: pilot, teacher, firefighter, doctor, chef, astronaut. READ AND RISE relays this message through vivid photographs and poetic words that encourage children to READ AND RISE.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Brilliant photographs accompany short verses about the wonders of reading as a spark to the imagination: "Inside the library / lost in a book / putting out fires / rescuing people." Maya Angelou's foreword tells us "reading is the river / to your liberty . . . let the river run / learn / learn to read." We see African-American children reading with mom, with dad, with grandpa, and curled up alone in bed. Like the refrain in a poem, four children in primary color shirts appear and reappear at intriguing angles throughout the pages. Everyone in the book is obviously excited about reading, which is the precisely the point of the Read and Rise literacy initiative by Scholastic and the National Urban League. 2006, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this second book in the Read and Rise initiative cosponsored by the National Urban League, the focus is clear: read in order to achieve. The uplifting message begins with a foreword by Maya Angelou: "Reading is the pathway/From the dungeon/To the door/Freedom." Colorful photographs on bright backgrounds capture exclusively African-American children, but all youngsters can relate to the dreams they share: of soaring-as do astronauts; creating-as do chefs; rescuing-as do firefighters. Surrounded by supportive adults, children are read to and read by themselves. The photographs that support each stanza of the poetic text show reading taking place; for example, two sisters absorbed in a book about ballerinas are then showcased in pink dresses and tiaras, ready to dance themselves. Powerful verbs match the vivid portrayal of children succeeding. Like Pinkney's Shades of Black (Scholastic, 2000), this is a must-have.-Alexa L. Sandman, Kent State University, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An inspiring poem by Maya Angelou and a full-page illustration of a golden sun against a buttery background introduce this slight but bright effort, co-sponsored by the National Urban League, to empower African-American children and to promote literacy. Scores of vibrant color photographs accompany the minimal text, snippets that approximate free verse and describe the adventures that young readers can embark upon. The adventures are portrayed in three ways, with a bit of text, an attractive photograph of the children reading about the adventure and another photograph (or several) of the children undertaking it. The adventures range from rescuing people as a fireman to dancing in a pink tutu and tiara to examining an ailing stuffed animal with a plastic stethoscope. Bright multicolor backgrounds make the pictures and text pop even more. The abundance and clarity of the photographs allow the very young to "read" from cover to cover. An attractive introduction. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439309295
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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