An award-winning, beautiful picture book—poetry and art exploring issues of African American identity. A favorite book to share in schools and homes.
Included in Brightly.com's 2017 list of recommended diverse poetry picture books for kids, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
"A must," according to Kirkus. "Delicately interwoven images. Laden with meaning, the poetry is significant and lovely. Cooper's paintings, with vibrant, unsentimentalized characters in earth tone illumined with gold, are warm, contemplative."
Booklist commented: "Poems rooted in home, family, and the African-American experience. Highly readable and attractive."
Added Brightly.com: "Each poem has a unique message and theme and is accompanied by beautiful brown and gold earth-tone illustrations related to broomwheat tea."
About the Author
Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked By Fire, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for The Blacker the Berry and for her first picture book, Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. Her picture book I Have Heard of a Land received a Coretta Scott King Honor and an IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice Award and was an ALA Notable Book. Her other titles include The Gospel Cinderella, Crowning Glory, Gingerbread Days, and A Gathering of Flowers. Ms. Thomas lives in Berkeley, California.
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.
Read an Excerpt
Shall I draw a magic landscape?
In the genius of my fingers
I hold the seeds.
Can I grow a painting like a flower?
Can I sculpture a future without weeds?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book revolves around broomwheat tea, which is good for healing certain ailments when consumed. Throughout this book an African American family compares broomwheat tea to different emotions they experience and changes they encounter through life. The broomwheat tea is a metaphor for being strong and appreciating who you are, and growing up believeing that the family loves one another deeply. it is also displayed as happiness, joy, and growth in one's self.
This collection of poems is about an African American girl and the celebration of her family. Although the poems dont ryhyme they are warm, descriptive and provide a sense of belonging. Can be used to introduce the variations of poetry. Children in primary grades could draw illustrations to go along with the text or can use as a tool to assisst in creating their own poems about themselves and their family.
This is a collection of poems that were somewhat hard to understand. The sense I got from them, (mostly from the easier ones,) was that they were about ones identity in being African-American, and also looked at hardships.