Bronzeville Boys and Girls
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Bronzeville Boys and Girls

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In 1956, Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks created a collection of poems that celebrated the joy, beauty, imagination, and freedom of childhood. She reminded us that whether we live in the Bronzeville section of Chicago or any other neighborhood, childhood is universal in its richness of emotions and experiences. And now a brand-new generation of readers will savor Ms...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Amistad (first published 1967)
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Cheryl in CC NV
Classic poetic vignettes of children growing up in an urban neighborhood in the 50's. The catch is, these are children of color, and yet they aren't suffering much racial injustice. In other words, it's a refreshing change of pace, of a perspective of happiness and hope.
These poems are about children every where - what they think about and how they see the world. Very nice.
Laura Mcclanahan
Genre- Poetry

This is a fun collection of poems reflecting the children in the Bronzeville portion of Chicago, but the author states that the children in the city neighborhood could be from any city, any neighborhood. Each poem's title consists of the name of the child it describes, and each poem is a little unique- appropriate to demonstrate that all children are a little different from each other. For instance, some poems follow an ABAC pattern, others follow an AA BB CC. Some alternate in thei...more
Great for a Chicago school librarian's collection, or a classroom poetry section. Ms. Brooks wrote the poems with kids in mind, and they would be great to analyze.

Favorite Poems
- "Cynthia in the Snow"
- "Eppie"
- "Luther and Breck"
- "Otto"
Endearing and engaging poems, each titled with a different child’s name, reflect universal themes of childhood. From tea-party fun to disappointing Christmas gifts, Brooks shares the world through children’s eyes without ever striking a patronizing tone or slapping in a didactic line. Her rhymes feel relaxed and not coerced into place; similarly, her rhythm speaks lightly and reflects the bounce and lilt of children’s voices. While many people praise the illustrations of Faith Ringgold, I felt h...more
Wonderful book of short poems geared towards children, but that anyone can enjoy. The content and images speak of the African-American middle class.
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Nice little poetry book. I think I want to read the adult Bronzeville edition.

Trying to get into Gwendolyn Brooks, she may not be my thing.
This is a cute collection of poems from children all around the same area. It's a unique display of childhood in the purest essence. It shows the variety of experience kids have at young ages. This could be a cool book to use as a read a loud. I think it would be fun for kids to read to practice their fluency. They could even do a reader's theater type thing, and have kids act out the story as its read. The text is clear and precise, and helps readers create a clear mental image of the story for...more
Gwendolyn Brooks’ collection of poems characterizes children from not only Bronzville but any neighborhood. Brooks’ vibrant words and Faith Ringgold’s illustrations bring the characters in each poem to life and offer the reader a glimpse of childhood again. This text will provide enjoyment and illuminate the American experience.
This book is great because it shows diversity. The rhymes/poem are short and sweet, and often funny. If not funny, they portray real life situations, and are authentic in themselves. Many inner city students would be able to relate to these short poems. Would recommend to 3-5 graders, good for readers to practice their fluency with.
Beki Henson
AR Reading Level: 3.7
Interest level 1st to 5th
This collection of poems shows our everyday heroes. The poems talk about African American children growing up in large cities and the challenges they face. This text will help bring multicultural education and diversity into the classroom.
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Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas--the first child of David and Keziah Brooks--Gwendolyn Brooks is "a Chicagoan." The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was ma...more
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