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Review of Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate     Crown    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-593-30634-5     $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30635-2    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30636-9    $10.99 This is a moving walk through African American...

Review of Wait—and See

Wait—and See by Helen Frost; photos by Rick Lieder Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-5362-1631-8    $17.99 As in their earlier collaborations (e.g., Among a Thousand Fireflies, rev. 3/16), poet Frost and photographer Lieder celebrate the wonders revealed through close observation of the natural world—here, the praying mantis. The text...

Review of Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones

Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones by Pablo Neruda; illus. by Paloma Valdivia; trans. from Spanish by Sara Lissa PaulsonPrimary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    80 pp.    g4/22    978-1-59270-322-7    $22.95This lavish volume includes excerpts from Neruda’s Libro de las preguntas in the original Spanish alongside new English...

Review of Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku

Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Matthew TruemanPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5362-0356-1    $18.99The huge expanse of space and its mind-blowing wonders are crystalized by Walker (Earth Verse, rev. 1/18) into seventeen precise syllables making up each of thirty-two haiku. She begins with the...

Review of Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech

Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek; illus. by Richard Jones Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    72 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5362-0303-5    $19.99 In free-verse poems in sections named for the four elements, former U.S. Poet ­Laureate Kooser and fellow poet Wanek use...

Review of Ain't Burned All the Bright

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jason Griffin Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    384 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-5344-3946-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3947-4    $10.99 Reynolds’s introspective narrative poem, with a young man at home during quarantine as its speaker, shares the stage with Griffin’s emotive collagelike illustrations done in...

Review of Poems from When We Were Very Young

Poems from When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne; illus. by Rosemary Wells Preschool    Norton    80 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-324-01653-3    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-01654-0    $17.48 Wells says in an opening note that she chose her favorite twelve poems from Milne’s beloved classic to present in “picture-book format.” She...

Review of Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life

Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life by Marilyn Nelson Middle School, High School    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    160 pp.    g 1/22    978-0-316-29802-5    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-29822-3    $9.99 Despite her prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, sculptor Augusta Savage (1892–1962) remains largely unknown to younger generations. Through her accomplished verse, Nelson (My...

Review of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson; illus. by Nikkolas Smith Primary, Intermediate    Kokila/Penguin    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-593-30735-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30737-3    $11.99 The book begins with a premise many African American families know well: a child gets an assignment at school that...
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