Seeing Into Tomorrow

by Nina Crews and Richard Wright

Richard Wright grew up in Mississippi. “He was a little boy who knew the sound... read more

Richard Wright grew up in Mississippi. “He was a little boy who knew the sound of trees rustling in the wind, the journey of a solitary ant, and the brown of a muddy dirt road,” writes Nina Crews in a brief introduction to these lovely haiku. African American Wright, Crews continues, was a child at a time when “people said that brown little boys like him didn’t grow up to be famous writers.” Of course, Wright did, in fact, grow up to be exactly that. The 12 poems here, which Wright wrote later in his career, all reflect a sense of connection to nature. They’re paired with photographs taken by Crews showing diverse brown-skinned boys in this delightful and affirming collection that concludes with more about haiku (of which Wright wrote more than 4,000) and Richard Wright. (Ages 5–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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