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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

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Fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace in this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Lee & Low Books (first published March 1997)
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The son of John Steptoe has a true winner in fact, receiving the 1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for his first picture book. Javaka Steptoe creates a splendid series of images in mixed media--from found objects, torn and cut paper, and color--to illustrate a series of short poems about fathers. From the stark simplicity of David Anderson's "Promises," with its cut-paper silhouette figure of a child's hug seen from behind his dad, to the many-la
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"When you follow in the path of your father,
you learn to walk like him." Ashanti Proverb

The poems in this collection capture those special feelings for fathers that are often spoken in retrospect, like Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays." Here, the poems about fathers--African American fathers--are celebrated in present tense AND in nostalgia.

Angela Johnson speaks of her memories of her father's hands, h
In my fathers arms I am tall is a book of poetry. It is for readers in the intermediate age range of 8-12 yrs old. This book is a collection of 13 poems from 12 different poets. This book talks about the bond and empowering relationships of father's and grandfather's with their children. This book at first glance appears to be for the african american father only but this book is for all father's of all nationalities. I Loved It!! This book was so inspiring to read. The picture illustrations wer ...more
I love the concept of this book and liked the poetry that was included, but wanted more! It felt like a very short version of an anthology that could have included many more poems on the topic of African American fathers.

What is perhaps even more striking than the poetry itself are the illustrations! Javaka Steptoe's art is a brilliant mix of found materials, drawings, collages, paintings, abstract images and literal ones. One page has simple figures made from torn construction paper, while ano
In Daddy’s Arms I am Tell: African Americans Celebrating Fathers is a book about the appreciation of fathers. Javaka Steptoe uses the illustration style of collage. The collage makes it hard to follow the story in my personal opinion. It is distracting from the words that the story is trying to tell. The illustrations connect to the story but left alone are not enough to tell the whole story. The story line is nice with the idea that everything is safe when a child is in their father's arms and ...more
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Son of the great John Steptoe, Javaka Steptoe won the Coretta Scott King Award in 1998 for his debut in illustration, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall.
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