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Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Poetry for Young People)

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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.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2006)
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Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 09, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, Descriptive & Inspiring! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Elizabeth
Mar 22, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This anthology brings together works from African American poet, Langston Hughes, who told everyone the story of African Americans through his words. This is an interesting book because the beginning gives a small biography of Hughes so the reader can understand what time period this man was from and how it affects his writing. Through out the book, readers can see descriptions about each poem, giving the reader a little insight into what the poem is about.

The illustrations go hand in hand with
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Haji
Jun 15, 2015 Haji rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Nov 20, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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
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Rochetta G
Mar 04, 2012 Rochetta G rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Stephene
Nov 11, 2009 Stephene rated it it was amazing
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
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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 ...more
Rachel Denny
Title: Langston Hughes
Edited by: David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad
Illustrator: (Benny Andrews)
Genre: Poetry
Theme(s): Family, Slavery, Tradition, History
Opening line/sentence: I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
Brief Book Summary: This is a collection of poems written by Langston Hughes. David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad add historical background and definitions that provide context to the poems.
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Jennifer Yoder
Mar 20, 2015 Jennifer Yoder rated it it was amazing
This collection of poems written by Langston Hughes is a great book to have in a 3rd-5th grade classroom. The poems written by Langston Hughes portray the endeavor for equal rights for African Americans. The illustrations in this book are beautiful and vibrant and are used to help the young students better understand the poems. I think this would be a great book to use during Black History Month when students are studying this topic, but I also think it’s an amazing book for any time of the year ...more
Preston Weatherbie
May 06, 2015 Preston Weatherbie rated it really liked it
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.
Natalie Mauro
May 01, 2015 Natalie Mauro rated it really liked it
This is a book of poetry featuring the poems of Langston Hughes. I think its target audience is for 3rd-4th graders and older as his poems are easy to read understand. His poems capture the African American culture during the 1920-1930's and their struggle for equal rights. The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant and really go along well with each individual poem. They add so much to the words which I think is helpful in gaining more appreciation and understanding for the poems. With each po ...more
Stephanie Foote
Poetry for Young Readers-Langston Hughes was edited by David Rossell and Arnold Rampersand and illustrated by Benny Andrews. It is a collection of poems by Langston Hughes and it is a Coretta Scott King award book. This book is intended for ages 11-15. This book has a range of poems written by Langston Hughes who was an African American poet from the 1920's until his death in 1967. The poems are about dreams, mothers and their children, the culture of African Americans and their way of life. I r ...more
Erin R
May 08, 2014 Erin R rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This collection of Langston Hughes poems uses the format of a picture book to make the poems more approachable to children. The artwork is beautiful and does a great job of illustrating aspects of the poems included. As Langston Hughes was an African American poet, many of the themes included in his poetry relate to the African American experience, including civil rights. The poems included in this particular collection cover many types, including lyrical, dramatic, and narrative poetry. This bo ...more
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!!
Cynthia Trueworthy
This book was a new edition to my library a month ago, but has not been picked up. For some reason, poetry seems to just get glazed over in today's curriculum. In my third grade school year I remember listening to Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou and our teacher giving us a brief explanation of why their prideful words reflected their culture. When I picked up this book of Langston Hughes' biography and most memorable poems I was brought back. It inspired me to plan a coffee shop poetry night in ...more
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!
Ms. A.
Nov 01, 2013 Ms. A. rated it it was amazing
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.
NS- Sarah
Nov 20, 2009 NS- Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
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").
Cierra Fisher
May 12, 2016 Cierra Fisher rated it really liked it
Poetry for young people by Langston Huges is a Poetry Book for children ages Four to Eight. Award winning artist David Roessel illustrates the gorgeous pictures throughout each poem. The poem throughout this book is a mixture of experiences and encouraging messages. The experiences encourage African Americans to stand up for their rights and spread love more than hate. My favorite poem is “Mother to Son. Based on the book, the children will learn to persevere through adversity in an effort to re ...more
Kathy
Jul 12, 2010 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-american
7-12. Liked the biographical and background information that accompanied the poems Hughes wrote.
Jesse McMorris
Dec 05, 2015 Jesse McMorris rated it really liked it
Poetry for young people is a collective poem book by Langston Hughes but edited by David Roessel and illustrated by Benny Andrews. It is multiple poems by Langston Hughes with can of a preface to what the poem is about before it starts. The illustrations were interesting because they got whatever the vibe was in the book down pretty well and it was nice. The colors stayed to only and handful in every page with just one person in all of the pictures for the most part. It was very simplistic but t ...more
Casey Mcguire
Nov 16, 2012 Casey Mcguire rated it it was ok
Main Characters: Langston Hughes

Grade/Interest Level: Primary/Upper
Reading Level: Lexile unknown
Genre: Poetry, Biography

Summary:

This is a very interesting book because it does two things: delivers the reader with a variety of different poems and gives the history and insight of Langston Hughes. The book begins with a 4 page biography on Langston Hughes, taking emphasis on how he became such a popular and powerful poet, especially for African Americans. Besides his biography on the first 4 pages
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Kelsey
Dec 10, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Langston Hughes is known for his beautiful poetry about his African American culture. The book Poetry for Young People is no different in that it tells several stories through poetry about the life of an African American child. Not only does Hughes write the poetry in this book but there are also introductions to each poem giving a brief description of why Hughes wrote the poem. Many of the introductions tell the reader where Hughes was when he thought of the poem or about the person that inspir ...more
Xiaoxiao Zhu
Sep 23, 2012 Xiaoxiao Zhu rated it liked it
I praise this book! It's an African-American poetry book with author's beautiful will. A poetry in this book has a picture. It's interesting! Using a picture to show the content and motion of each poetry, and readers can get more information from this book. In this book, the author expressed his strong willing for peace, freedom, love and no racial discrimination. His hope for the world full of peace, love, freedom and no racial discrimination will happen in the future in his nice plan. The auth ...more
Lindsaye Williamson Childs
Feb 28, 2016 Lindsaye Williamson Childs rated it it was amazing
I loved this Poetry Book. The students in my class are currently learning about the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes was a huge part of the Harlem Renaissance. The poetry in this book gives the students a sense of who Langston Hughes was as a person. I also like how the book gives a brief biography of Langston. The illustrations in the story are very beautiful and helps the students understand what is happening in the poem.
Amanda Northrup
This is a strong collection, and includes many of Hughes's poems that I had never read before. I enjoyed the biography at the beginning as well. However - I'm not sure these poems were truly chosen with "young people" in mind. The footnotes meant to explain things are often more confusing that the words they are explaining. These poems would probably be great for high school students, but I tend to think of this series as aimed at 4-7 graders.
Charity Dobbs
Dec 08, 2015 Charity Dobbs added it
Shelves: poetry
The book contains different African-American figures and themes. The book is centered around Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. The poems teach different stories and themes about African Americans. The students will divide into groups of 3, and create a report on a poem from the book. The report must be presented on a poster and contain the following: Theme, Pictures that relate to the topic, Summary of the Poem, Significant Terms & definitions, and a Brief summary on a historical f ...more
Connie
I have read this book before. I adore reading Langston Hughes out loud. My daughter read the whole book the other night. She likes his poetry too. The only complaint I would have about this one is that it does not have Let the Rain Kiss You in it. We live near Seattle and last night when it rained hard we could hear it on the roof, just like the poem.
Rebecca Early
May 07, 2015 Rebecca Early rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is about an African American themed book. It talks about the Harlem Renaissance in the 20's and 30's. Lots of different themes are in this book. Also talks about the struggles of race and social justice. Very moving book. Especially since this book talks about a lot of touchy issues, and are still faced with some of those reoccuring today.
Ms Threlkeld
Mar 31, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Each poem has a brief introduction to provide readers with background information and many of the trickier vocabulary words are defined at the bottom of each poem, making this very accessible to elementary readers. Interesting illustrations and a nice variety of topics make this a wonderful resource for school libraries.
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