“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
The American poet Langston Hughes (1902–1967) penned many well-known poems, such as “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, Too, Sing America,” and “The Dream Keeper.”
Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. Visit him at www.seanqualls.com.
What People are Saying About This
"Hughes' classic lullaby gets a loving lift with Quall's graceful artwork."
"A wonderful celebration of both love and poetry."
—School Library Journal