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Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.   A much-requested book Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.   A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields.   The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.   Among the anthologized poems are Hughes’s best-known and most loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Aunt Sue’s Stories”; “Danse Africaine”; “Mother to Son”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s earlier “I Hear America Singing.”   Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a publishing event for all to celebrate. A Selection of the Scholastic Book Club.  


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Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.   A much-requested book Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.   A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields.   The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.   Among the anthologized poems are Hughes’s best-known and most loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Aunt Sue’s Stories”; “Danse Africaine”; “Mother to Son”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s earlier “I Hear America Singing.”   Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a publishing event for all to celebrate. A Selection of the Scholastic Book Club.  

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Fascinating, Descriptive & Inspiring! An Amazing Read! I Loved It! Fascinating, Descriptive & Inspiring! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    An awful lot of 'dreams.' I do already appreciate many of Hughes' poems, but I'm not sure we got a fair sampling here. And the art is not to my taste. I certainly hope that this isn't the single 'token Black' entry in the series. Even though the poems are pretty easy to understand, this entry in the series does include individual prefatory notes. The usual biography, however, seemed a a little bland to me, and I didn't feel that I got to know the man at all. Definitely worth getting/reading if y An awful lot of 'dreams.' I do already appreciate many of Hughes' poems, but I'm not sure we got a fair sampling here. And the art is not to my taste. I certainly hope that this isn't the single 'token Black' entry in the series. Even though the poems are pretty easy to understand, this entry in the series does include individual prefatory notes. The usual biography, however, seemed a a little bland to me, and I didn't feel that I got to know the man at all. Definitely worth getting/reading if you're interested in an introduction to Hughes or are working through the series (whatever your age), but probably not the best work on the man & his work for anyone older than about 9 who could handle a book that digs deeper and has more poems.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kiley

    I thought this was a good book because it told me a lot about African-Americans and how they feel about things and such. It was a little confusing, but it wasn't that hard to understand.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ACS Librarian

    A nice little collection of Langston Hughes' poems. Nice illustrations for each poem.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Jasion

    Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a beautifully illustrated collection of poems that are all hand-picked by the editors to introduce younger children to the best that Hughes has to offer. Poems such as "I, Too", "Theme for English B", "Harlem" (my personal favorite), and "Drums" leap off the page with Benny Andrew's colorful, vibrant illustrations. Hughes excels at incorporating the music, language, and culture of African-American people into his poetry were you can feel the beat of th Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a beautifully illustrated collection of poems that are all hand-picked by the editors to introduce younger children to the best that Hughes has to offer. Poems such as "I, Too", "Theme for English B", "Harlem" (my personal favorite), and "Drums" leap off the page with Benny Andrew's colorful, vibrant illustrations. Hughes excels at incorporating the music, language, and culture of African-American people into his poetry were you can feel the beat of the jazz music or the traditional drums, or see and hear the sights and sounds of Harlem in the early 20th century. In poems such as "Harlem", "Merry Go-Round", and "My People" you can feel the frustration, rage, and hope that Hughes feels for himself and his people. I would recommend this book as a read aloud for grades 3 and higher. For 5th graders and up, I would recommend having them read the introduction first which provides a biography of Hughes' life and the meaning behind his most famous poems. The book also does a great job of explaining some of the terms that children would struggle with if they do decide to read the book independently. There are infinite possibilities of how Hughes' poetry could be incorporated in the classroom. One could be using his poems for mentor texts on how to incorporate music into poetry, and students can try to create their own poetry that uses their favorite musical genre as their influence. Another way to use his poetry is to discuss the literary tool of voice or tone. Hughes' personal voice is incredibly loud in all his poems and could be a great way to show students how to use their own voice in poetry and in literature as a whole.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shirleynature

    "Merry-go-round" and "Youth" are two of the poems which really sing to me and connect to this poet's childhood home of Lawrence, Kansas. "Merry-go-round" uses irony to inspire a richer understanding of the painful feelings experienced from Jim Crow segregation. " MERRY-GO-ROUND Where is the Jim Crow section On this merry-go-round, Mister, cause I want to ride? Down South where I come from White and colored Can't sit side by side. Down South on the train There's a Jim Crow car. On the bus we're put "Merry-go-round" and "Youth" are two of the poems which really sing to me and connect to this poet's childhood home of Lawrence, Kansas. "Merry-go-round" uses irony to inspire a richer understanding of the painful feelings experienced from Jim Crow segregation. " MERRY-GO-ROUND Where is the Jim Crow section On this merry-go-round, Mister, cause I want to ride? Down South where I come from White and colored Can't sit side by side. Down South on the train There's a Jim Crow car. On the bus we're put in the back — But there ain't no back To a merry-go-round! Where's the horse For a kid that's black? " And the first part of "Youth" is quoted on the outer walls of Lawrence's City Hall building. The personality of Lawrence reflects that optimism of working toward social justice--and we march on! " YOUTH We have tomorrow Bright before us Like a flame. Yesterday A night-gone thing A sun-down name And dawn — today Broad arch above The road we came We march Americans together! We march! " I have a deep respect for Langston Hughes--one of our great literary legends and a courageous advocate for social justice who lead a way forward before there was a worn path to follow. Thanks to www.crmvet.org for sharing the full text of the poem "MERRY-GO-ROUND". Thanks to www.annikeris.com for sharing the extent of the poem "YOUTH".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruut DeMeo

    Another volume in the "Poetry for Young People" series, this collection of Langston Hughes' selected poems won the Loretta Scott King Award for its beautiful illustrations by Benny Andrews, and is intended for readers ages 9 and older. The words of Langston Hughes take you on a musical journey. It is impossible to separate his poems from the heavy cultural achievement they carry, but it does take a true artist to whisk you away with effortless cadence, so you forget who or what it is you are rea Another volume in the "Poetry for Young People" series, this collection of Langston Hughes' selected poems won the Loretta Scott King Award for its beautiful illustrations by Benny Andrews, and is intended for readers ages 9 and older. The words of Langston Hughes take you on a musical journey. It is impossible to separate his poems from the heavy cultural achievement they carry, but it does take a true artist to whisk you away with effortless cadence, so you forget who or what it is you are reading about, but feel that you are only immersed in words. Powerful words, that show you the truth and beauty of being a black boy in racist America. Benny Andrews' illustrations are poignant and brazen, a canvas texture behind some of their flat, bright backgrounds and around some of the characters, an almost cut-out starkness, as if they were pasted from some other place, to be the central forces in these scenes. A young reader will have much to contemplate, as even with unfamiliar dialect woven into the poetry, the message in these selections is clear: it is different and difficult to be a black child in a white America, yet the ancient rhythm of ancestors is the most beautiful sound, and it permeates through all the hardships, giving generations the strength to carry on. The poem that moved me most deeply in this book, was "Merry-Go-Round." It was printed on a pink page, the color of cotton candy, and the illustration is of a young, black boy watching a colorful carousel turning round and round. These lines, "On the bus we're put in the back–– / But there ain't no back / to a merry-go-round!" sum up what the child Langston really felt and witnessed. This poetry isn't self-pity or vengeance. This poetry is truth, and children who are lucky enough to be touched by it, will never see a merry-go-round in the same way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    NSAndrew Liebergen

    Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever. A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of bl Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever. A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields. The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rochetta G

    As I glance at the cover this book, I am attracted by the people as they seem to be very focused on a mission so to speak. Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes is a compilation book of poems that appeals to all readers and their interest. The pictures in the book seem to be folk art. The illustrator uses dark shades of the color pallet to create a since of warmth. Dark Shades of brown, blues, orange help create distinct features. In some poems, for example, “Dream Variation” the poet uses As I glance at the cover this book, I am attracted by the people as they seem to be very focused on a mission so to speak. Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes is a compilation book of poems that appeals to all readers and their interest. The pictures in the book seem to be folk art. The illustrator uses dark shades of the color pallet to create a since of warmth. Dark Shades of brown, blues, orange help create distinct features. In some poems, for example, “Dream Variation” the poet uses the word dream in many different shapes and forms to illustrate the young man defining and accomplishing his dreams. This book covers topics such as African Heritage, Opera, Self-Identify, Life Cycles, Harlem, drums etc. The poetic structure varies from Narrative and Lyric poetry. This book is recommended for middle school students. I would recommend this book as it has variety in subjects that are sure to catch your attention. For me they are also easy to read and understand. I give this book 5 stars!! It was well written and thought provoking.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephene

    Grade Level: 3rd Grade and up Andrews’ illustrations add a rich facet to Hughes’ thought-provoking poems. The characters are portrayed as bold, vibrant people—though the illustrations are not necessarily realistic in proportion or shape. The style is reminiscent of poetry and works well with the text—in that both are metaphorical in nature. Hughes’ words are beautiful and complex. His messages paint a picture in the mind of the reader/listener and give much food for thought. The words and illustr Grade Level: 3rd Grade and up Andrews’ illustrations add a rich facet to Hughes’ thought-provoking poems. The characters are portrayed as bold, vibrant people—though the illustrations are not necessarily realistic in proportion or shape. The style is reminiscent of poetry and works well with the text—in that both are metaphorical in nature. Hughes’ words are beautiful and complex. His messages paint a picture in the mind of the reader/listener and give much food for thought. The words and illustrations are a perfect match, and this book is well-suited for older children. Related Content Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies Lesson Idea: Students will write a poem, describing a struggle in life they have faced, and how they overcame.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Haji

    I think Langston Hughes, Poetry for young people,is a great book to read for a variety of grades, mainly third grade and up. This poetry books is a collection of 26 poems, but starts off with a biography of Langston Hughes. Langston, was an African American poet, novelist, and playright whose African American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem renaissance, of the 1920's. this book takes the reader thorough many African American experiences and the struggles of race and social ju I think Langston Hughes, Poetry for young people,is a great book to read for a variety of grades, mainly third grade and up. This poetry books is a collection of 26 poems, but starts off with a biography of Langston Hughes. Langston, was an African American poet, novelist, and playright whose African American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem renaissance, of the 1920's. this book takes the reader thorough many African American experiences and the struggles of race and social justice. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to the words. I feel its a must have for a children's library. it is also a great book to show children that there can be more than traditional rhyme pattern that most children identify in poetry.

  12. 5 out of 5

    EDSON

    Poetry for young people: Langston hughes was a really fun book to read because it was all just poems that Langston hughes wrote. I really liked all of the poems because they were really interesting and also powerful. That is why I really liked Langston hughes poems. The one that I liked the best was the poem called Mother to Son because it inspired me never to give up because of what the poem says, " life for me ain't been no crystal stairs.", "So boy, don't you turn your back.", " Don't you set Poetry for young people: Langston hughes was a really fun book to read because it was all just poems that Langston hughes wrote. I really liked all of the poems because they were really interesting and also powerful. That is why I really liked Langston hughes poems. The one that I liked the best was the poem called Mother to Son because it inspired me never to give up because of what the poem says, " life for me ain't been no crystal stairs.", "So boy, don't you turn your back.", " Don't you set down on the steps." those lines inspired me to never give up. I recommend this book to people who enjoy holiday books and books that have poems in them

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taneka

    This is a collection of 26 poems written by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ poems reflect the culture and struggle for equal right among African Americans. The poems inspire hope in the reader, from “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” to “Words Like Freedom”. Illustrations are colorful and depict the events that are occurring in the poem that it is accompanying, such as a man playing the guitar in “The Weary Blues”. An introduction in the beginning of the book provides insight into the life of the po This is a collection of 26 poems written by Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes’ poems reflect the culture and struggle for equal right among African Americans. The poems inspire hope in the reader, from “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” to “Words Like Freedom”. Illustrations are colorful and depict the events that are occurring in the poem that it is accompanying, such as a man playing the guitar in “The Weary Blues”. An introduction in the beginning of the book provides insight into the life of the poet, James Langston Hughes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Benzor

    WOW! Not only is the poetry a great selection for kids, but the illustrations add so much to the words. Would use it in a Social Studies Harlem Renaissance lesson to analyze his poetry to learn more about what the cultural movement really was about and what message they were trying to send to the world. You need to have this book in your library!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I give this a 4 for text and a 1 for illustrations, which I hated. I LOVE Langston Hughes' poetry, however, especially "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", "Mother to Son", "The Dream Keeper", and "I, Too." His poetry touches my soul. Beautiful!

  16. 4 out of 5

    NS- Sarah

    I liked reading two poetry books about the life of Langston Hughes. I enjoyed "Love to Langston" a bit more though. I connected with the poems in that book more so than in this one ("poetry for young people").

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Love! Could read the work of Langston Hughes over and over and never tire of it. I love "I, Too", "Still Here", and of course Hughes' dream deferred. A great collection of works, illustrated brightly, for the young mind.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Preston Weatherbie

    I thought this book was good. It is very interesting and teaches a lot about African Americans. It talks about slaves, and this book was not very hard to understand. There was only a few parts that were hard to understand. It was a good poetry book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    7-12. Liked the biographical and background information that accompanied the poems Hughes wrote.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan Garrison

    Copyright- 2006 Number of Pages-48 Book format-hardcover Reading Level- 3-5, 6-8 GR Level- Z Genre- Non-Fiction Lit. Requirement- Poetry -1 Poetry Collection This is a collection of many of Langston Hughes's poems. There is a short biography in the beginning about Hughes and explains the reasons for some of his poems with direct quotes for Langston Hughes or a background. The book was illustrated by Benny Andrews but he did a great job in telling a story with the poems. The pictures stood out and were Copyright- 2006 Number of Pages-48 Book format-hardcover Reading Level- 3-5, 6-8 GR Level- Z Genre- Non-Fiction Lit. Requirement- Poetry -1 Poetry Collection This is a collection of many of Langston Hughes's poems. There is a short biography in the beginning about Hughes and explains the reasons for some of his poems with direct quotes for Langston Hughes or a background. The book was illustrated by Benny Andrews but he did a great job in telling a story with the poems. The pictures stood out and were colorful, one illustration was concrete poetry because a man was dropping something that looked like liquid, but it was the word "Dream" in small letters many times. I read this book when I was younger but did not understand the messages fully and it did not impact be as much as it does now. I was in awe with Langston Hughes's words and feelings in his poems. He discusses slavery in his poems and the racial problems with African Americans. He talks about having to move to the back of the bus, and being the only African American in his class. He expresses his dream of freedom and being equally treated. He also mentions blues and jazz in his poems and some of his poems are almost song like. I think the message of being treated equally is still around today. There are still racial issues today and his poems can still be prevalent. His poems are also about history and can be read with a slavery unit or unit on African Americans. I would say younger children may need help understanding his poems, but with help it can serve a powerful message. I would recommend Langston Hughes's poems to anyone, he is brilliant. Here is a short excerpt of a poem that stood out to me. It was from "I Dream a World", "A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth and every man is free."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    I am usually not one for poetry, but these anthologized poems edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad are amazing! First, I enjoyed that this book included a thorough introduction (4 pages) about Langston Hughes. I think it's important to know his background before reading his poetry. While Langston Hughes was one of the most iconic African American poets of his time and he shares his love of African-American music traditions into his poetry. His poetry beautifully shares his perceptions on I am usually not one for poetry, but these anthologized poems edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad are amazing! First, I enjoyed that this book included a thorough introduction (4 pages) about Langston Hughes. I think it's important to know his background before reading his poetry. While Langston Hughes was one of the most iconic African American poets of his time and he shares his love of African-American music traditions into his poetry. His poetry beautifully shares his perceptions on Black America, the blues and jazz, as well as important people in his life. The illustrations are really what helped this poetry come alive to me. I could see the music and emotion present in the poems, portrayed further through the illustrations. It is no surprise that this book was the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award for illustrator honor recipient. I also enjoyed the vocabulary of important words on each page and the index in the back of the book. This would be a great book for students studying Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance, or poetry in general. It could be used as a read aloud for students in grades 3-5, and the pictures might help them make sense of the poems, however, I think this book is best suited to older students (6-9) because of the depth of social issues presented. Older students could analyze and critique both the poems and the illustrations and even discuss how the illustrations further enhance the poetry. A wonderful collection of poetry!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adrian182

    Poetry for Young People Hughes, Langston. Poetry for Young People (1994). Children’s Poetry Anthology. This anthology of poems by Langston Hughes houses some of Hughes’ most famous poems including “The Dream keeper” and “Youth.” Before I criticize the poems themselves I will focus on the format of the book. The collection accompanies each of Langston’s poems with a beautifully illustrated rendition of the poem by Benny Andrews, and a critical introduction by David Roessel. Each poem begins with R Poetry for Young People Hughes, Langston. Poetry for Young People (1994). Children’s Poetry Anthology. This anthology of poems by Langston Hughes houses some of Hughes’ most famous poems including “The Dream keeper” and “Youth.” Before I criticize the poems themselves I will focus on the format of the book. The collection accompanies each of Langston’s poems with a beautifully illustrated rendition of the poem by Benny Andrews, and a critical introduction by David Roessel. Each poem begins with Roessel shedding some light on where Hughes was mentally and emotionally when he wrote the poem, which adds a documentary feel to each poem. The poems are concise and rhythmic, which ensure that children will not feign attention. In regards to the quality of poems, this anthology made me feel more than I have ever felt reading a collection of children’s poetry. The poems ring true and depict African-American life with such amazing works as “I,Too,”a response to Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing”. Each poem illustrates human emotion in its purest form, and it makes me ashamed that I had never read Langston Hughes up until now. The poems are perfect for children because they instill hope, curiosity, and pride in oneself. Target audience: Everyone, but if I have to give an age, 3-7.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Decia

    Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes is a collection of poetry specifically designed for children ages eight and up. Langston Hughes is a well known African American poet whose talent is immeasurable to say the least. The illustrations capture the poems' tones just as perfectly as Langston Hughes writes them. Readers will come away with a clear sense of Hughes’s influences because of the art displayed throughout the collection. Each poem makes readers aware of the life of Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes is a collection of poetry specifically designed for children ages eight and up. Langston Hughes is a well known African American poet whose talent is immeasurable to say the least. The illustrations capture the poems' tones just as perfectly as Langston Hughes writes them. Readers will come away with a clear sense of Hughes’s influences because of the art displayed throughout the collection. Each poem makes readers aware of the life of black people in america whether good or bad. It brings to life the community and connection African Americans feel amongst each other while maintaining a since of realism. I appreciate this collection for the realism and beautiful illustrations and hope to add it to add it my child's library one day soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nava Rubinstein

    Awards: N/A Grade level: 6th Summary: This book in the series of "Poetry for young people" boasts A selection of poems by Langston Hughes that communicate important messages about individuals in the black community. The topics of these poems include stories from the perspective of his grandmother, the struggles of post-slavery America and the beauty of the art and traditions practiced by African-American people. Review: The selection of poems provided in this book are perfect for the understanding Awards: N/A Grade level: 6th Summary: This book in the series of "Poetry for young people" boasts A selection of poems by Langston Hughes that communicate important messages about individuals in the black community. The topics of these poems include stories from the perspective of his grandmother, the struggles of post-slavery America and the beauty of the art and traditions practiced by African-American people. Review: The selection of poems provided in this book are perfect for the understanding for the intended age range and are beautiful to readers of all ages. I particularly adore the illustrations that accompany these rich poems. In-class uses: Theses poems are perfect for discussions and topics about racism and segregation. On a brighter note, these poems can be read during Black History month to hi-light the works of prolific Black artists.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kendall Smith

    This is a collection of poems written by Langston Hughes that have so much meaning and teach great lessons. The book starts with a great introduction that is a biography of Hughes to set the scene for the poems. The poems give such insight to what it was like for Hughes to grow up a young African American in a racist America. The poems are written beautifully and have so much meaning reading them at an older age. I have read some of Hughes poems throughout school years and to have such great po This is a collection of poems written by Langston Hughes that have so much meaning and teach great lessons. The book starts with a great introduction that is a biography of Hughes to set the scene for the poems. The poems give such insight to what it was like for Hughes to grow up a young African American in a racist America. The poems are written beautifully and have so much meaning reading them at an older age. I have read some of Hughes poems throughout school years and to have such great poems in a single collection is great. A great book to have in any class library. This book can be connected to Langston Hughes' children's book That Is My Dream. The book is written as a poem of his but tells a beautiful story. This book can be used as a mentor text to study poetry in the classroom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia McLaughlin

    This volume of Poetry for Young People on Langston Hughes is perhaps a bit too ambitious for the intended audience, starting with the loooooong introduction full of compound-complex sentences with fancy words like “incorporate” and “fanfare.” That said, the 26 poems offered here, with helpful annotations, are accessible to young readers and aspiring poets. The illustrations are evocative as well, particularly the one for “Dream Variations” of a black man crooked like a faucet with a torrent of “ This volume of Poetry for Young People on Langston Hughes is perhaps a bit too ambitious for the intended audience, starting with the loooooong introduction full of compound-complex sentences with fancy words like “incorporate” and “fanfare.” That said, the 26 poems offered here, with helpful annotations, are accessible to young readers and aspiring poets. The illustrations are evocative as well, particularly the one for “Dream Variations” of a black man crooked like a faucet with a torrent of “dreams” pouring out of his hands, flooding the page. Brilliant! The book inspires plenty of ideas for classroom or home-school activities, so no wonder it was a favorite of School Library Journal and Parents magazine. Favorite Poems: “Mother to Son” “Dream Variarions “I, Too” “The Weary Blues” “Note on Commercial Theatre” “Final Curve” “Harlem” “Drums”

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Millard

    When I was 21 in Urbana living with a woman minoring in African studies I sat in on one of her poetry classes. Her professor read, sang, maybe preached to the class a poem by Langston Hughs. What I learned that day was that you do not just read poetry. Poetry has a rhythm, a cadence as well as a knowing of the writer. Poetry is to be interpreted like a musician or a conductor interprets the notes on the sheet. I realized that one needs to be taught not only about the poem but about the poet. The When I was 21 in Urbana living with a woman minoring in African studies I sat in on one of her poetry classes. Her professor read, sang, maybe preached to the class a poem by Langston Hughs. What I learned that day was that you do not just read poetry. Poetry has a rhythm, a cadence as well as a knowing of the writer. Poetry is to be interpreted like a musician or a conductor interprets the notes on the sheet. I realized that one needs to be taught not only about the poem but about the poet. The knowing of a thing is oft connected to the understanding of that things genesis. The poem hit me like a hurricane easing to reveal the eye with all of it’s beauty. This is a wonderful book for young and old plus the Artwork is amazing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Antionea

    This book is a poetry book of African people or emotions by Langston Hughes. This book have poets describing someone individually or their emotions, feelings or a hobby that African people love doing or have gone through. Fo example there are poems about "Dreams Variations", "Home sick Blues""Afro- American Fragment", and more. he literary of this book was very simple there were only a few big words but common big words. Hughs would really go into depth of how he describes someone or something This book is a poetry book of African people or emotions by Langston Hughes. This book have poets describing someone individually or their emotions, feelings or a hobby that African people love doing or have gone through. Fo example there are poems about "Dreams Variations", "Home sick Blues""Afro- American Fragment", and more. he literary of this book was very simple there were only a few big words but common big words. Hughs would really go into depth of how he describes someone or something which I really loved about the poems. I gave this book five stars because I could relate and understand just about every emotion love or hate in each of the poems.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather Shembarger

    This is a great book for exposing readers to 26 of Langston Hughes' best works of poetry. The introduction also provides a 4 page mini-biography of Hughes. Hughes wrote in a way that communicated the struggles of the African American, but yet, he did this in ways that was mostly non-confrontational. He chose to tell his African American poems through the eyes of a little child, a young man, an Aunt, and a mother to name just a few. In this way, he is able to offer many different perspectives but This is a great book for exposing readers to 26 of Langston Hughes' best works of poetry. The introduction also provides a 4 page mini-biography of Hughes. Hughes wrote in a way that communicated the struggles of the African American, but yet, he did this in ways that was mostly non-confrontational. He chose to tell his African American poems through the eyes of a little child, a young man, an Aunt, and a mother to name just a few. In this way, he is able to offer many different perspectives but the plight is often the same. Hughes also has a special gift of providing hope and encouragement through his poetry that can be applied to any reader.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    I love that this highlight some of Hughes’s poems. Some were very famous ones that I had heard before while others were new to be. I usually love back matter in children’s books but this introduction seemed more like a college thesis paper than an introduction to a book for young people. I think it might be hard for younger children to understand the writing. I was torn at the little introductions before each poem. On one hand, I liked that they gave more information but they also made me pork p I love that this highlight some of Hughes’s poems. Some were very famous ones that I had heard before while others were new to be. I usually love back matter in children’s books but this introduction seemed more like a college thesis paper than an introduction to a book for young people. I think it might be hard for younger children to understand the writing. I was torn at the little introductions before each poem. On one hand, I liked that they gave more information but they also made me pork pop less. I didn’t realize how many poems Hughes wrote about dreams. I wonder if Hughes’s work inspired MLK jr’s I Have a Dream speech.

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