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Title:
I am loved : poems
Title:
I am loved : poems
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York, New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2018]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book"--title page.
Abstract:
"There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most impartant message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is loved?themselves!"-- Amazon.
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Summary

Summary

Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a dozen of National Book Award winner Nikki Giovanni's poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish.

There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most impartant message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is loved--themselves!


Author Notes

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most prominent black poets of her generation. Born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Fisk University and later studied at Columbia University. Giovanni creates strongly written poems to convey messages of love, frustration, alienation, and the black experience. She gained national fame with the publication of Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgement in 1970. Full of the spirit of the black community during this era, her works captured the anger and frustration of many of its members.

Giovanni has been the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. She has taught English at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Queens College and has given frequent poetry readings. She is also known for several sound recordings of her poetry, including Truth Is On Its Way. She has also been a Professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-This dynamic collection of verse thrums with musical language, exploring the interconnectedness between individuals and generations, humanity and nature. Pulsing through each brief poem is a leitmotif of love, and Bryan's warm illustrations underscore the book's comforting refrain. While a few poems are bittersweet, dealing with aging and loss, serene and contented elements emerge amid the wistfulness. Non-religious spirituality pervades Giovanni's language with a reverence for nature, and for life itself, in simple words that will resonate with young and old. "No Heaven" questions "How can there be/No heaven/When rain falls/gently on the grass/When sunshine scampers/across my toes." "Kidnap Poem" is especially metaphor-rich and overall lush, and the final poem, "Do the Rosa Parks" is perfect for reading to groups of young children, as it invites recitation and movement. Bryan's bold illustrations reflect the energy of the verses, splashing rainbows of rich color across every page. The paintings highlight a particularly poignant line or illuminate wording that some young readers might find complex, thereby aiding their meaning-making process. Children will especially enjoy the mirror included beside the poem "I Am a Mirror," a luminous verse that speaks of resilience. VERDICT A recommended addition to all picture book poetry collections, one that encourages children to embrace their personal histories and to love and be loved. A vibrant burst of positivity for readers of any age.-Melissa Williams, Berwick Academy, ME © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In 11 poems, a mix of new and previously published work, Giovanni celebrates open-ended and affirming love. Some invoke love directly ("I wrote a poem/ for you because/ you are/ my little boy," begins the opening poem, "Because"), others obliquely: in "Quilts," an old tablecloth seeks new life: "When I am frayed and stained and drizzled at the end/ Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt/ That I might keep some child warm." Newbery Honor-winner Bryan paints African-American men, women, and children in thick, swirling compositions suggestive of stained glass; he makes room for an embedded mirror to accompany a poem that addresses readers directly: "I reflect the strengths/ Of my people/ And for that alone/ I am loved." A joyful and broad reflection of love's many faces. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Iconic, award-winning American poet Giovanni has long crafted verses that have been considered radical, sensual, and even revolutionary in their depiction of the power of love. This picture-book poetry collection for children contains a selection of her work that celebrates all manner of love, and it is beautifully illustrated by the equally renowned Bryan. The book begins with an address to children, stating simply and elegantly that their existence is reason enough for poetry and songs to be written: as time goes on / I am you / and you are me / and that's how life / goes on. In a world that often seems not to value brown-skinned children, this message is acutely timely and further reflected in Bryan's artwork. Other poems describe friendships between peers, the loss of loved ones, possessive love, and ancestral love across time. They vary in tone from gentle (Leaves, Wild Flowers) to jaunty (Three/Quarters Time, Paula the Cat). Bryan's stylized tempera paint and watercolor illustrations are full of whimsy and smiling faces, providing the perfect complement to Giovanni's work.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2017 Booklist