Wonders: The Best Children's Poems of Effie Lee Newsome

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Mary Effie Lee Newsome was a pioneer in children's literature. She was possibly the first African American poet whose body of work consisted primarily of poems for children. A number of her poems appeared in The Brownies' Book, the magazine published by W.E.B. DuBois. Later, she wrote a children's column, "The Little Page, " for The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Until now, Effie Lee Newsome's poems were available only in a hard-to-find ...
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Overview

Mary Effie Lee Newsome was a pioneer in children's literature. She was possibly the first African American poet whose body of work consisted primarily of poems for children. A number of her poems appeared in The Brownies' Book, the magazine published by W.E.B. DuBois. Later, she wrote a children's column, "The Little Page, " for The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Until now, Effie Lee Newsome's poems were available only in a hard-to-find collection titled Gladiola Garden, published in 1940. This new volume, which includes poems from Gladiola Garden, The Brownies' Book, and "The Little Page, " reintroduces Effie Lee Newsome and the spirit of her work to a new generation of children.
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Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Reminiscent of A Child's Garden of Verses, these long out-of-print poems were the first written by an African-American poet for African-American children, but with no other apparent difference in their choice of subject, their language, their style or their universal appeal. There is no nationalism, political agenda, religious bent or cultural tradition in this volume--only the author's love of simplicity, nature and rhythm. "The pigeons find so much to eat/ I see them pecking in the street. / What is it that they relish so/ That they must nibble as they go?" and "there's been the strangest kind of change/ Since autumn came into the woods. / The mountain maples' summer hats/ Have turned to bright red riding hoods" are universally appealing. The black-and-white illustrations by the gifted artist were newly done for this edition, with the exception of one by the author, and the book begins with full notes about the lives of both artist and poet. A great "quiet-time" book for all children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563978258
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979), a writer and librarian at the College of Education at Wilberforce University, lived in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998) was a distinguished painter, who taught in the Department of Art at Howard University.

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