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Publisher Comments:

Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Review:

"'At just thirty-three words total, [this] poem is a study in simplicity,' writes Smith (Rimshots; If); in its visual simplicity, his picture-book presentation is a tour de force. Introducing the poem two or three words at a time, Smith pairs each phrase with a portrait of one or more African-Americans; printed in sepia, the faces of his subjects materialize on black pages. 'The night,' reads the opening spread, across from an image of a man's face, his eyes shut; 'is beautiful,' continues the next spread, showing the same face, now with eyes open and a wide smile. The text, sized big to balance the portraits, shows up in hues that range from white to tan to brown-black, reflecting Smith's reading that 'the words celebrate black people of differing shades and ages.' An inventive design adds a short, shadowed row or column of small portraits to the edge of many spreads; these quietly reinforce the concept of 'my people.' Whether of babies, children or adults, Smith's faces emerge into the light, displaying the best that humanity has to offer — intelligence, wisdom, curiosity, love and joy. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Although both of these poems originally appeared in the Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, in 1923 and were reprinted in Hughes' first collection, "The Weary Blues," in 1926, they seem to speak directly to young readers today. These breathtakingly beautiful new editions ensure that Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes' words will reverberate for a whole new generation. Although "My... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Charles R. Smith, Jr.andlt;/bandgt; is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of andlt;iandgt;My Peopleandlt;/iandgt;, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of andlt;iandgt;Ifandlt;/iandgt;, the author and photographer of andlt;iandgt;I Am the Worldandlt;/iandgt;, and he won theandnbsp;Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book andlt;iandgt;Twelve Rounds To Gloryandlt;/iandgt;. He grew up in California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles lives with his wife and kids in Poughkeepsie, New York. Visit him at CharlesRSmithJr.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416935407
Author:
Hughes, Langston
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Smith Jr, Charles R.
Author:
Smith Jr, Charles R.
Author:
Smith, Charles R., Jr.
Subject:
General
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Children's poetry
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jkt w/matte lam + spot UV, f/c int
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 10 in 14.84 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'At just thirty-three words total, [this] poem is a study in simplicity,' writes Smith (Rimshots; If); in its visual simplicity, his picture-book presentation is a tour de force. Introducing the poem two or three words at a time, Smith pairs each phrase with a portrait of one or more African-Americans; printed in sepia, the faces of his subjects materialize on black pages. 'The night,' reads the opening spread, across from an image of a man's face, his eyes shut; 'is beautiful,' continues the next spread, showing the same face, now with eyes open and a wide smile. The text, sized big to balance the portraits, shows up in hues that range from white to tan to brown-black, reflecting Smith's reading that 'the words celebrate black people of differing shades and ages.' An inventive design adds a short, shadowed row or column of small portraits to the edge of many spreads; these quietly reinforce the concept of 'my people.' Whether of babies, children or adults, Smith's faces emerge into the light, displaying the best that humanity has to offer — intelligence, wisdom, curiosity, love and joy. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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