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Visiting Langston

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A wonderful picture book introduction to a legendary American writer

It's a special day when a little girl and her father go to visit the house where the great poet Langston Hughes lived—especially when the little girl is a poet herself!

This rhythmic tale is a wonderful introduction to the work and world of Langston Hughes, who was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Square Fish (first published February 1st 2002)
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CH - Marvin Childress
Visiting Langston is picture book, where we follow an African-American pre-teen girl as she and her father visit the house of Langston Hughes in present day Harlem. The girl narrates this journey through a poem she has written. The illustrations by Bryan Collier are vivid; they look like oil painting cut-outs, overlaid to create a 3-dimensional tapestry.

I think this book could be used as an introduction to poetry for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Willie Perdomo has done a cool tribute picture book a
Mar 11, 2014 Kifflie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I went back into the archive of Coretta Scott King Illustrator winners to find this one. "Visiting Langston" won an Illustrator Honor for 2002. This book was created to celebrate the one hundredth birthday of Langston Hughes.

Our young 2002 protagonist is a poet herself, and her father takes her to visit Langston's home in Harlem, where her dreams and inspirations are renewed. There is a lovely, female-empowering message in this story ("I love hip-hop/Hopscotch/And double-dutch/But I don't like/C
Nov 09, 2014 Jrowe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
Perdomo, W. (2002). Visiting Langston. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

African American Literature Book Club (AALC)
2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award Winner

Illustrations were created with water color and collage and fill the pages of this book. Pages with illustrations "almost" filling page(s) include solid colors behind text. There is now white space.

The poetry consists of occassional rhymes and repetition and connects a modern day child, a young poet, to an important h
Paul Farbman
Mar 04, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Second to third graders
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
This book is a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

This story follows a young girl from Harlem who is an aspiring poet. She is eagerly anticipating a visit to Langston Hughes' house with her father.

The illustrations in this book exhibit very unique techniques. Bryan Collier designs his illustrations from cut paper collages. Making these more detailed are the hand-painted additions he makes. A key element of the illustrations are circles that appear to radiate from key objects and characte
Sophia Kanoon
Oct 02, 2012 Sophia Kanoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/interest level: Primary/learn to read (1st-3rd grade)
Reading level: Guided Reading Level G
Genre: Poetry and Picture Books

Main Characters: Little Girl, Her father, and Langston Hughes
Setting: Harlem, New York Langston Hughes old neighborhood
POV: From the Little Girl’s Perspective

Summary: Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo Illustrated by Bryan Collier is poetry/picture book that describes a little girl’s adventure on her way to visiting Langston Hughes’s home in Harlem, New York. The who
Yasmin Gomez Geng
The illustrations are beautiful and show a wide range of muted and vibrant color.

This book celebrates the poetry and impact of Langston Hughes. It's about a little girl who is super excited to visit the house of Langston Hughes.

Grade: 1st Grade to 3rd Grade
Topic: Poets, Poetry, Harlem, Black History Month, History
Ashley Lahr
This book is about a little girl whose father is taking her to visit langstons house. Langston Hughes was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance and an American cultural hero. The little girls talks about what types of poems he wrote. The story had a good rhythm to it.
Cierra Fisher
Visiting Langston is a picture book written by Willie Perdomo for children 4 year of age to 9. This poem is to celebrate the African American poet Langston Hughes. This poem is about a little girl who visit Langston house with her father. The young girl is excited about the visit because she is a poet. The illustrations by Brian Collier are beautiful and show a wide range of bright and vibrant colors. The illustrations represent Harlem New York well. I would rate the book “Visiting Langston” fiv ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: remann-hall
Perdomo grew up eight blocks from Langston's Harlem home. This poetic story for children tells of her love of Hughes' poems and her excitement at visiting his home.
Esther Choi
Oct 30, 2013 Esther Choi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This book is about a little girl who is excited because her father is taking her to go to the house where Langston Hughes used to lived. The book is narrated by the little girl and the text is written in rhyme. It introduces the poet Langston Hughes and his role during the Harlem Renaissance. I think this book would work best with 2-3 grade during a poetry unit when the students learn about famous American poets/heroes.

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3
Grade level Equivalent: 2.3
Lexile Measure: No
Published: 2002, Henry Holt and Co.
Age: 4-9

This book is a great introduction to a poetry or black history unit. A little girl is excited to visit Langston Hughes house with her dad because she is from Harlem and a poet just like Hughes. She wears her favorite pink blouse. The girl tells us not only about herself but about Hughes and who he was in rhyming verse. The beginning starts with a little biography with some dates. The illustrations complement the text well. Pictures hanging on the walls
This book is about a little girl who writes poetry, just like Langston Hughes, and is going to visit him with her father.
Jun 06, 2015 Jeimy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ode to Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance disguised as a visit to Langston Hughes's house in Harlem.
Mar 31, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Langston Hughes

Wrote poems
Like jazz

Sang like love
Cried like the blues

My only criticism is that the text isn't long enough. Just when I started getting into the rhythm and story, it ended.

But then again, I can't get enough of anything related to Langston Hughes. He is my all-time favorite poet.

In this book, a little girl puts on her favorite pink blouse and visits Langston Hughes's house with her daddy. But that's where the story ends. I want to know what happens once she gets t
Gina Pecoraro
Format: Picture Book
Award: Coretta Scott King Honor 2002
Interest Level: 2nd-4th grade

A young girl is excited about visiting Langston Hughes home with her father. A poet herself, she introduces us to Langston's world. The illustrations done with water colors and turned into a collage compliment the text.

This would be great to use when studying poetry or even introducing Langston Hughes.
Dec 21, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our unnamed narrator clearly is thrilled about visiting the home of her hero, Langston Hughes. She tells us about him and who he was (in neat rhyming verse), and also about herself and her own poems.

Short, upbeat - suitable for older children learning poetry or about black history, and for younger children as well. Even a very small child should be able to sit through and understand this one.
This is a rhythmic story about a girl going to visit the place where Langston Hughes used to live. This is important to her because Langston Hughes is a huge inspiration in her life and culture. This is a great book to discuss with children about who inspires them and what they can describe about that person.
Jan 20, 2009 Kandace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african-american
The iconic work of Langston Hughes is lauded in Willie Perdomo's picture book of Harlem Reneissance poetry. Through poetry of her own, a young girl expresses her respect and excitement about visiting his home. The exceptional artwork of Bryan Collier adds depth and character to this enchanting tribute.
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
In this story, a little girl is very excited about going to see Langston Hughes home with her Daddy. This girl is a poet herself and looking forward to being a part of this special day. The story is filled with catchy phrases and wonderful poetry as well.
Oct 22, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
It's basically an ode to Lanston Hughes for younger readers. However,you could spend time just on the artwork. I found more poetry in the pictures that in the words.
Sang like love
Cried the blues

Read mostly because I have an art crush on Bryan Collier, whose collage paintings rock my world so hard.
a little girl writes poems about her visit to langston house and how she feels about her world and how she is similar to the great author.
2003 CSKing Illustrator Honor

I think this should have been the winner that year....excellente!
Jun 22, 2014 Cheyenne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Poetry... Beautiful illustrations
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Willie Perdomo is the author Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely, which received a PEN America Beyond Margins Award. He has also been published in The New York Times Magazine and Bomb and his children's book, Visiting Langston, received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He is a NYFA Arts Fellowship winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, a Urban Artists Initiative/NYC grant recipient and was recently ...more
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