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The Blacker the Berry


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ISBN13: 9780060253752
ISBN10: 0060253754
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We are color struck
The way an artist strikes
His canvas with his brush of many hues

Look closely at these mirrors
these palettes of skin
Each color is rich
in its own right

Black is dazzling and distinctive, like toasted wheat berry bread; snowberries in the fall; rich, red cranberries; and the bronzed last leaves of summer. In this lyrical and luminous collection, Coretta Scott King honorees Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate these many shades of black beautifully.


Two Coretta Scott King Honorees celebrate the many shades of black in this lyrical and illuminating collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown." Full color.

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.

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KoreanBookworm, February 21, 2010 (view all comments by KoreanBookworm)
I only read a couple poems that I came upon online and I loved Joyce Carol Thomas's poetry instantly. Her pride of African American poetry is prominent and each poem sends a profound but sweet message to the readers. I would absolutely recommend this book. The illustrations are superb, too.
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Thomas, Joyce Carol
Amistad Press
Cooper, Floyd
by Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper
Cooper, Floyd
Thomas, Joyce Carol
Ethnic - African American
American poetry
Children's poetry, American
Poetry : General
People & Places - United States - African-American
Children's poetry
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
, Y
11.58x7.84x.39 in. .79 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:

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