Pass It on: African American Poetry

by Wade Hudson and Floyd Cooper

A 10 3/4" by 8 5/8" picture book poetry anthology ranges in theme and mood from Eloise... read more

A 10 3/4" by 8 5/8" picture book poetry anthology ranges in theme and mood from Eloise Greenfield's light-hearted "To Catch a Fish" to "Incident" by Countee Cullen. A line from "Listen Children" by Louise Clifton suggested the title of the collection. Other poets represented by the 19 selections are Gwendolyn Brooks, Henry Dumas, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James A. Emanuel, Mari Evans, Nikki Giovanni, Nikki Grimes, Langston Hughes, Lessie Jones Little, Lindamichellebaron (yes, that's her name) and Naomi Long Madgett. The title also represents the compiler's hope that a fine heritage will be introduced to a generation for whom this African-American poetry and some of these poets are unfamiliar. Cooper's illustrations painted in oil wash appear in full color on every page. Brief information is provided about each poet. (Ages 4-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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