I'm DeShawn WilliamsI'm ten years oldcome see who I live with who I love!
From this inviting opening, we are swept into ten-year-old DeShawn's world where we meet his family, his friends, and learn about his hopes and dreams. DeShawn lives in the projects, where "You don't just hear music / you hear sirens too /cop cars and ambulances /screaming all the time /real loud at you." This is also a place where neighbors gather for barbecues, and where DeShawn and his cousin build a snowman in the winter. We experience the death of DeShawn's grandmother, deeply feeling his sadness and loss. And we share the hope as he and his mother turn to each other for comfort. Readers from all backgrounds will be charmed by this upbeat, compassionate, and creative young boy.
In his first children's book, author Tony Medina draws from his experiences growing up in the projects to create this dynamic character. Award-winning artist R. Gregory Christie beautifully captures the emotion, humor, and strength of the story through his powerful illustrations. An afterword from the author expands on his connection to the story and explains how he was inspired to become a writer.
|Publisher:||Lee & Low Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 Years|
About the Author
Tony Medina is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book may be written in poetry but it tells a long story of a young boy named Deshawn. He talks about where he lives and who he lives with. He discusses his fears, hopes, and dreams. He talks about the lost of a loved one and how his mother comforts him. Some children may be able to relate to this book, while others may just enjoy Deshawn's story. It shows the reader that family can be a big influence to what you think you can do in life.
The book is great. I love how vivid and descriptive the text is. Seeing the 'hood' through DeShawn's eyes is an eye-opening experience. I loved the authenticity of the characters, they were very relatable and real. Great Book