Sunday, February 25, 2007

Langston Hughes (a collection of poetry for young people) is superb!

David Roessel and Arnold Rambersad have brought together an appealing collection of twenty-one poems by beloved writer Hughes. It celebrates the joys and the sorrows of African Americans both young and old. Illustrator Benny Andrews draws readers in with his colorful scenes in the lives of ordinary people. This amplifies Langston Hughes' philosophy, which was always to write about the people he knew and the ordinary--and courageous-- lives they led.
The book includes anecdotal comments about the poet's life on most pages, explanations of certain words, and a forward about Hughes' life and contributions to art and literature in America.

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