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A Dime a Dozen
by Nikki Grimes
Celebrated author Nikki Grimes turns her soulful, searching gaze to themes of destiny and determination sure to strike a chord in anyone going through the difficult, joyous struggle of growing up. Reflecting on her own childhood experiences, she offers twenty-eight poems exploring the pleasures and pains of charting your own path
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Dial
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A Dime a Dozen by Nikki Grimes is a collection of poems that describe her life growing up and her dream of being a poet even though her parents did not approve of such a thing. Something intersting about this collection of poems is that they were all seperate poems but they told a story like it was a novel. I think the main theme of this story is to show kids that no matter what you want to do if you are determined enough one day you can be and do anything you want too. I think this is a good co ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Melle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Brown Girl Dreaming
Maybe it's because of the poetry format, but this feels like a predecessor to Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming. Sweet, thoughtful, emotional, and encouraging. Great for aspiring writers, kids whose parents are going through marital strain or divorce, and anyone who delights in poetry and language.
This is a great collection of poems about growing up and all the good and bad of that. This seems autobiographical because in it, Nikki Grimes writes about writing and also about those who are a little skeptical about her writing. In the title poem, one reads the line “Find another dream instead.” But also, later, “Someday she’ll be proud to say…my daughter the writer!” The drawings are realistically and beautifully done in pencil.
These autobiographical poems reveal a young girl's desire to be a writer, and her perseverance despite the objections of her family. Her relationship with her father was especially interesting. My favorite poem was "The Last Word"-- I could visualize it so clearly and hear the chop! of the knife. I also liked "Something New," with its surprise at the end. Wish I could write poems like that. Recommended!