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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes #LangstonHughes @KnopfBFYR

AUTHOR: Langston Hughes and Lee Bennett Hopkins (introduction) 
ILLUSTRATOR: Brian Pinkney 
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
PUBLICATION DATE: November 13, 2007 (first published 1996, originally published in 1932)
FORMAT: Hardcover, 75th Anniversary Edition
LENGTH: 96 pages
GENRE: Classics, Nonfiction, Poetry, Childrens
ISBN: 067984421X
The Dream Keeper, the great African-American writer Langston Hughes's only collection of poems for children, includes some of his best loved works. It is being reissued in a handsome hardcover edition in celebration of its 75th anniversary. Filled with elegant scratchboard illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkey, and featuring an introduction by noted children's poet Lee Bennett Hopkins, this gift edition is sure to be cherished by young readers and longtime poetry lovers alike.

MY REVIEW:

This is a nice collection of poetry that is suitable for middle-grade children. This collection was originally published in 1932, and this new 75th Anniversary Edition features illustrations by Brian Pinkney. I wasn't familiar with Hughes' work previously, and I enjoyed his simple poetic style where he clearly expresses his pride in his African-American heritage. There are also a number of poems written in the spirit of the blues. My favourite in this collection is this one, which I find very inspirational:

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

MY RATING:

3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it!

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