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The poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes merges with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


Langston Hughes was a courageous voice of his time, and his authentic c
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Ahmed Oraby
Nov 06, 2015 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
آه، أيها الرب العظيم، يا رب البرد والشتاء
فلتفرش الأرض ملاءة من صقيع
ولتجمد الفقراء في أسرّتهم
أولئك الذين ليس لديهم ما يكفي من غطاء
ولا ما يكفي من طعام
فليتجمدوا أيها الرب
فلتتخشب أطرافهم
وليتوقف نبض قلوبهم
وحين يأتي يوم الغد
فليستيقظوا في مملكة ثرية في العدم
حيث اللاشيء هو كل شيء
وحيث كل شيء هو اللاشيء
Hesham Khaled

|شاعرٌ متنبئ|
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.


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أنا نيغرو
أسود كالليل
أسود كأعماق أفريقيا
كنتُ عبدا:
أمرني قيصر بالحفاظ على عتبات بيته نظيفة
ومسحت حذاء واشنطن
كنت عاملا:
ومن تحت يديّ ارتفعت الأهرامات

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أنتم
لستم سوى زبد البحر

أ
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فاتن
Nov 17, 2015 فاتن rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكومديان الأبيض لويس سي كي يحكي في إحدى فقراته في الستاند أب كوميدي، بأنه محظوظا لكونه أبيضا، فهو يستطيع أن يدير آلة الزمن لأي عصر وسيكون الأمر رائعا في نظره، ثم يختم فقرته تلك بعدم رغبته -طبعا- في الذهاب للمستقبل، لكونه يعلم بحلول عاقبة وخيمة على بني جلدته وسيدفعون ثمن ذلك كله
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وضحك الجميع

والأمر ليس بالمضحك حقا

هنا لم أقرأ شعرا
بل حوارات مجتزأة من ألف قصة وقصة حذفت لدلالة التاريخ والواقع عليها

الاضطهاد لم ولن ينته أبدا، لكن الاضطهاد الذي ذاقه الأفارقة أشد أضعافا من غيرهم وخصوصا الأفارقه الأوائل ا
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Amina - أمينَة.
Nov 05, 2015 Amina - أمينَة. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
متعب من الإنتظار!
أولست مثلي؟
إنتظار العالم ليصير طيبا
رائعا ولطيفا؟

لنأخذ سكينا
ولنقسم العالم إلى إثنين.
ولنرَ أيّ ديدان
تأكله تحت اللحاء.
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زهرة خشخاش بريّة
ذبلت وماتت.
أناس النهار ضحكوا
لكن أناس الليل بكوا
زهرة خشخاش بريّة
ذبلت وماتت.
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بالنسبة إليكم
يامن أنتم زبد البحر
لا البحر نفسه..
ماذا عن الصخور المسننّة
والأمواج نفسها؟
وقوة المياة المتجمعّة!
أنتم
لستم سوى زبد البحر
أيها الأثرياء.
ولستم البحر نفسه: ).
Afaf Ammar
بعيداً في الغرب
أرى النجمة التي لا تبالي
لكنني أعرف
أن لي
نجمة تلمع في الشمال
يا نجمة الدروب
يا نجمة الأمنيات
يا نجمة الشمال
كم أنتِ بعيدة؟
Abrar Alarjan
أمتاز الشاعر بالشفافية والوضوح أثناء كتابة قصائده ، لم أشعر بالغرابة من مفرداته ،ويصف أحيانا مشاعره ،وأوصافه تجاه الأشياء رائعة وجميلة
أعجبتني قصيدته أحلام
تشبث بسرعة بالأحلام
لأنه إذا الأحلام ماتت
فالحياة طائر مكسور الجناحين
لايسعه الطيران
تشبث بسرعة بالأحلام
لأنه حين تمضي الأحلام
الحياة حقل عارٍ
يجلده الثلج
Mona
Dec 30, 2014 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
نبوءة شاعر
أنا الأخ الأكثر سوادا عندما أتى الرفاق
أرسلوني لآكل في المطبخ لكنى ضحكت وأكلت جيدا وكبرت قويا
في الغد سأكون على المائدة عندما يأتي الرفاق
ولن يجرأ حينها أي منهم أن يقول
”كل في المطبخ”
أيضا سيرونني جميلا وسيشعرون بالخجل
أنا أيضا أمريكا
صدقت تنبؤات لانجستون هيوز وجاء أوباما
كان أوباما يسترجع كلمات هيوز ويقتبس قصيدته "حلم مؤجل Dream Deferred": في الذكرى الخامسة والأربعين لمقولة مارتن لوثركينج الشهيرة: "لدي حلم I have a dream" التي أطلقها خلال المسيرة المنظمة للأمريكيين السود في 28 أغسطس من عام 1
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سلطان
Jul 13, 2016 سلطان rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لم تعجبني النصوص المختارة في الترجمة العربية، بدا معظمها بلا أفكار وبلا إدهاش.
Caroline
Feb 10, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Through his use of mixed media, Bryan Collier illuminates Langston Hughes’s poem, “I, Too” for readers in the pages of a picture book. While these pages do not have many words, the illustrations speak loudly of the Pullman porters, underpaid and overworked African American men who served wealthy sleeper train car passengers. Throughout the book, readers see porters as they collect discarded papers, magazines, and other unwanted items to throw off the end of the train to distribute to those who w ...more
Shannon
Jun 29, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
This is one of the most powerful author's notes I've ever seen. I read the text of the book out loud once, without pauses. Then we read the book. Then we read the author's note (illustrator's note, I guess). Then we were blown away.
hany adeeb

كتاب شعر للشاعر الامريكي لانغستون هيوز

بعض الفقرات التي اعجبتني
أنا أيضا ، أغني أمريكا
أنا الاخ الداكن
يرسلونني لآكل في المطبخ
حين تاتي الرفقة ،
لكنني أضحك ،
و آكل جيدا ،
و أصير قويا
و غدا
حين تاتي الرفقة
ساكون على المائدة
لن يجرؤ أحد عندها
أن يقول لي
" كل في المطبخ "
إلى ذلك
سيرون كم أني جميل
و سيخجلون من أنفسهم
أنا أيضا أغني أمريكا

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حارس الاحلام

إلي بكل أحلامكم
أيها الحالمون ،
إلي بكل
أغاني قلوبكم
سأخبئها
في شراع السحاب الازرق
بعيدا عن أصابع العالم
القاسية

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الكذابون

نحن الكذا
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Myhiah
Jul 16, 2013 Myhiah added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary

Genre: Historical Fiction

Discussion Question: Text-to-Text
- I choose the book Freedom Walkers, by Russell Freedman to be my text-to-text book. The reason I felt that this book would go great with I, Too, Am America, is because they both talk about the struggles of the African American community. In I, Too, Am America it says "They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes." This is talking about how African Americans were treated differently in those times. Freedom Walke
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Miranda Jones
Sep 11, 2013 Miranda Jones rated it liked it
I, Too, Am America is a beautifully illustrated book. The pictures really grasp the deep, meaning behind Langston Hughes's poem. The lack of words in this book add more meaning because it forces the readers to really concentrate on the illustrations. The illustrations have the reader put together their own story. I would not read this book to younger readers because I do not think they could grasp the meaning the author intended, which wouldn't do the book justice. If I was to read to my student ...more
Cheryl
Jul 21, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Stunning. One word of advice: it's an illustrated poem. So, don't be misled into thinking it will work well in a preschool just because there aren't a lot of words. A wonderful illustrator's note explains the context and symbolism. A triumphant work of art. Best of all, not only is it important, but it's enjoyable.
Faisal
Dec 14, 2014 Faisal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بعيدًا عن الجودة: هيوز قريب من القلب.

2.5
Stefanie Green
Text to Text
This book told a story in an amazingly similar and amazingly different way than the book I read right after it, "This is the Rope." Both focused on the journey African Americans have taken in America and the struggles they have faced. "I, Too, Am American" shows how the porters shared their knowledge with others so everyone would have the an equal opportunity to learn. They were distributing their knowledge in hopes for a better future for the next generation. This story explained th
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Marwa الإتربي
تشبث بسرعة
بالأحلام لأنه إذا ماتت
فالحياة طائر
مكسور الجناحين
لا يسعه الطيران .
.
إنه الليل
ونحن خائفون
.
السعادة ليست في اي مكان
قال عجوز أحمق
ما لم تكن فيك .
.
أولئك الذين
أحبهم
دائما يعاملوني بشكل سيء
.
أن الموت طبل
يقرع للأبد
.
اقف ويعبر الناس
لكن لا أحد منهم
من أريد ان أراه
.
ليس الضجر ما يقتلني
بل
الدنو المفاجئ
لأغنية بلا صوت
.
عينان تجمدتا
من عدم البكاء
.
قلب لا يجد
طريقة للموت
.
مميز
وممتع
Rebecca Brannon
Apr 24, 2016 Rebecca Brannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I loved this book. The entirety of the text is one poem by Langston Hughes. The illustrations are beautiful and tell of a little known piece of history. The poem is beautiful and has a theme that was, is, and will be important to America. The poem is powerful but the illustrations and pacing of the poem make it even more powerful.
This book would be great in so many different areas; poetry, black history, american history, social studies. It is a lovely poem and shares the history of the Pullman
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Samantha Pendleton
Sep 23, 2013 Samantha Pendleton rated it liked it
When I first read I, Too, Am American, I did not really understand what the story was about. From the first time I read through the book I understood it was about racism in African American culture. I knew this because of the illustrations and also the text that supported the illustrations on each page. In the book when it said ‘They send me to the kitchen. When company comes…’ I understood from that line that this book was talking about racism. Then after reading the authors note once I complet ...more
L13_Natasha
Feb 18, 2013 L13_Natasha rated it it was amazing
This Caldecott Winner is a beautiful representation of the profound words of Langston Hughes! With as little as three words on each double page and some no words at all, it is not short on message. The poem depicts the hope of Langston that one day he will be equal to the white men that dominate his world. His accuracy that he, too, even as a black man would one day represent America was insightful and, at the time provocative. Since the writing of this poem preceded the Civil Rights movement, i ...more
Cara Byrne
Dec 01, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it it was amazing
"I, too, sing America."

I love this vivid, inspirational picture book weaving together the past with the present. Collier's illustrations are so gorgeous. I would replace the rich drawings of a train in this book with Caldecott award winner _Locomotive_ any day. It's such a smart, effective picture book.
هادية الريحان
هذه أول مرة أقرأ لهيوز.. وتفاجأت أمام جمال قصائده ووضوحها وعمقها أيضا،
لانغتسون هيوز يتحدث هنا عن موضوعات مختلفة أهمها ما يتعلق بالتمييز العنصري ضد السود والأقليات في أمريكا إضافة إلى الحب ، والموت، وخاصة هارلم ﻷنه كان من أبرز شعرائها السود.
كتاب جميل ينصح به..
Cherilyn
Jul 12, 2013 Cherilyn rated it really liked it
Genre: Poetry

Audience: Primary

Quote that promotes mental imagery: "I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes." The poem later states, "Tomorrow, I'll be at the table when company comes." I like this quote because it shows the courage of the Pullman porters and how even though they suffered injustices because of the color of their skin, they worked hard and became stronger and in the end could no longer be ignored. This book shows that de
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Sara Abdulaziz
Jan 20, 2016 Sara Abdulaziz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
العلاقة التي تجمع ما بين رمزية اللغة وشاعريتها أدهشتني!
ديوانٌ يستحق وبكل شدّةٍ أن يُقرأ.
Autumn
Mar 25, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Multicultural Picture Book #2

Copyright Date: 2012

Target Audience: The target audience of this book is primary level readers because it has very little words, does not require and advanced vocabulary, and every page has large illustrations.

Genre: The genre of this book is realistic fiction because it uses made-up characters in a story that could really happen.

Text-to-World Connection: I would relate this book to racism and segregation that existed for African Americans even after slavery was out
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Anne Soderlund
Reflection Text to text - I love the poem “Mother to Son”, also by Langston Hughes, in which the mother tells her son “Life for me ain't been no crystal stair,” recounting the hard times she's faced and telling him to persevere. My mother started quoting another poem when I told her I was reading a book with one of his poems. The line she remembers is “and God said: I'm lonely still.” She knew it was from “The Creation” and thought it was by Hughes. It is actually by James Weldon Johnson, who wa ...more
Anna Stover
Jan 20, 2015 Anna Stover rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this beautiful book, but after using it in a storytime, I have been thinking a lot about the verbal and pictorial message it conveys to its child readers. In short, it is convoluted in a way that books for what I take to be its intended age group (6-8 years) should not be, especially given its subject matter. The kids were bored, the kids were confused, the kids were sad. The kids were not enlightened. Partly this is due to the numerous narrative and visual themes at play ...more
Stephanie Huntsman
Oct 06, 2014 Stephanie Huntsman rated it really liked it
Bryan Collier took a poem written by Langston Hughes and turned it into a children's book by adding beautiful illustrations to tell the story. Although the book has few words, it tells a very deep story about the plight of African Americans in this country not too long ago. Some pages don't even have words at all, just pictures. In the illustrator's note it says, "Although Hughes never specified any certain person in his poem, I've created a visual story line that shows how the Pullman porters l ...more
Lisa E
Oct 06, 2014 Lisa E rated it it was amazing
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Hughes, L., & Collier, B. (2012). I Too Am America. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Kirkus Review 2012.

Choice Category.

“I, too, sing America”. What a powerful book filled with emotions that focuses on the unity of American people. The cover was very touching with the young boy (main character of the book) looking through blinds, hoping for equal rights.

A train speeding and a porter is depicted in the book, the latter works hard with much dignity on the train where
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Naa-Shorme Aidoo
Jun 17, 2015 Naa-Shorme Aidoo rated it really liked it
Although this poem is not necessarily a historical fiction, it has many of the qualities of one. It is factually based on the history of African Americans, specifically Pullman porters, creating a scenario that discusses history but also tells a story that may not have necessarily happened in the way that it is illustrated and framed here.

This is a great book for teaching a number of things: comprehension through illustration, poetry, identity, persevering through adversity or social studies. T
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "Harlem was in vogue."
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“I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen
when company comes, but I laugh and I eat well, and I grow
strong.
Tomorrow I'll sit in the table when company comes, nobody
will dare say to me "eat in the kitchen" then.
Besides they'll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed.”
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