Roots and Blues: A Celebration

by Arnold Adoff and R. Gregory Christie

“Each Word a Hammer Hit. Each Word The Solid Tip / of finger hitting squarely... read more

“Each Word a Hammer Hit. Each Word The Solid Tip / of finger hitting squarely on the center of the ivory / yellow piano key.” Poet Arnold Adoff reveals pain and poignancy, strength and stories of African American history and experiences through poems and vignettes that celebrate both blues music and an enduring spirit finding ways to stay alive, survive, and thrive. “Sometimes: / It is only the insistent cry out of the mouth / of this beautiful baby that gives me strength / to turn the other cheek and work to buy the milk” (from “Sometimes”). Adoff’s poems have rhythms that pulse and pierce, glide and surprise. They are accompanied by full-page, full-color paintings by R. Gregory Christie that further illuminate the heart-rending and the hopeful in this masterful work. (Age 12 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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