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Newt
Newt, newt
What can you be?
Just
A salamander, child.
That's me!
In 26 never-before-published short and wonderfully clever poems, Langston Hughes takes children through both the alphabet and the animal world. From Ape to Zebra--with bees, camels, fish, and even a unicorn in between--he paints a picture of each animal with just a few simple, but telling, words. Hughes als
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 15th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Cheryl
May 23, 2013 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: toddlers, artists, fans of ABC books, poets
Fantastic introduction to the magic of poetry by a master of joy and heartbreak. These little nuggets are deceptively simple, but if you let your child grow up with this book he'll be ready to write his own poems by the time he's a teenager, as Hughes himself was.

In the brief biography at the end, 'Serious Fun,' by George P. Cunningham, we learn Hughes' own definitions. As a teen, Hughes wrote both "verse" and "poems." He later said, "I saw no harm in writing verse if you felt like it and poetry
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Pierre Arnette
The ABC book The Sweet and Sour Animal Book was written by Langston Hughes and the artwork was done by students from the Harlem School of Arts. This was a unique ABC book because every letter in the book represents an animal and every animal has a poem written by Langston Hughes. These were poems Hughes wrote specifically for this book. None of these poems have been published in any other volume of his works. Every poem is nice and short, and most are rather humorous, so children and even adults ...more
Lori
Genre: Picture Book

Reading Level: K-4

Theme: Animals, Alphabet

Curricula Use: Read Aloud

Literary elements: Poetry

Text & Pictures: Incredible illustrations beautiful poetic text.

Summary: One of the finest and most prolific authors of our time, Langston Hughes' forgotten manuscript of alphabet and poetry was transformed by the incredibly talented students at Harlem School of the Arts.
Mckinley
Fun poems. The "illustrations" done by various children can be a bit odd.
Jim
a new favorite langston hughes
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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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