The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children

The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children


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Black is dark, dark is lovely, lovely is the palm of my heartand my heartbeats are filled with joy When children are encouraged to celebrate their lives — their joys, their influences, their hopes — the results are pure poetry. Honest, wise, and inspiring, each of the twenty poems in this dazzling collection resounds with the unique rhythms of life, as seen through the eyes of African American children.

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ISBN-13: 9781880000762
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 05/15/2003
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 386,092
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 7 Years

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The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lporsia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edited by Davida Adedjouma, this Coretta Scott King Award winning book is a compilation of African American children¿s poetry. Focusing on the social label Black and it¿s implications, the children involved offer ballads referencing their vision, beliefs, and experiences associated with the term. Given the introduction by Lucille Clifton, it becomes evident that the poems included are an exploratory effort to unlock the children¿s perspective of being African American in today¿s society as well as an investigation into the reclaiming and empowerment of the term Black. The rhythmic and poetic suggestions are timeless as they describe vitality of life and unwavering spirit. Gregory Christie¿s vivid illustrations supply the historical context behind the words. He generates recognizable images pertaining to the African diaspora, slavery, plantation work, marches for freedom and includes the middle-class African American family, in a way that acts as a timeline or evolution. This book can be used by librarians in an interactive way. Once the book demonstrates the poetic exercise of self-reflection, children may then be instructed to participate in a similar project and share their vision with others. The historical content might also be useful in history classes to further explore social awareness.
TerraO on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book. It is a collection of poetry from African American children about their culture. It is beautifully illustrated, and the poems were so beautiful. I would use this book during black history month. I would read it to the children, and ask them to write a poem about their culture.
lp118825 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has many different poems about African Americans and express how they believe and also how similar it is most other cultures beliefs.