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My Man Blue

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Blue lost one boy to the streets and is determined that this time will be different. And Damon knows that even though he's the "man of the house," there's room for a friend like Blue in his life. At the end of the day, Damon has someone standing steadfast in his corner. Someone true . . . like Blue. Nikki Grimes's moving poems and Jerome Lagarrigue's bold paintings create ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 30th 2002 by Puffin (first published May 1st 1999)
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Debbie Hoskins
Until I married, my son didn't have a constant man in his life. Of course, it wasn't a virgin birth, so he had a biological father. My husband came into my son's life when he was six.
Jerome Lagarrigue's paintings get the emotion JUST RIGHT.
I love the title poem, copyright Nikki Grimes:

His leathery skin's
Like indigo ink
This rugged dude
Who some folk think
Looks fierce in clothes
Of midnight black.
Then there's his teeth:
One gold, three cracked.
And I suppose
The shades could go.
He wears t
My Man Blue is a collection of poems that tell a story about the friendship of Blue and Damon. “Blue”, an adult, lost one of his children to the streets and shortly after meeting Damon, becomes a role model as Blue doesn’t want Damon to make the same mistakes as his child did. Although at first Damon did not like Blue because (1) Blue knew his mother from childhood and (2) Damon wanted to be the man of the household. The collection of poems begin with a detailed description of Blue and an illus ...more

get this book, leave it around the house or classroom. read it to the kids.
shows how to be friend, how to mentor, what toughness is, how to treat women.

and if you only use this during African American Month you're wasting eleven months of the year.
9/6/13 ** I've been reading 1-2 poems at the very end of the school day to my fourth graders. This has been a very popular selection for free choice reading since I've started it. Thank you Ms. Grimes for a variety of poems that hang together with a narrative arc, provide a range of topics that many kids can "enter the book through," and that help us think of the world through others' eyes.

1/2/13 ** Had the privilege of hearing Nikki Grimes speak at a conference in July 2012 where she performed
I really loved reading this poetry book. The words were very powerful and sent a very clear message to the reader. It really emphasizes the power of male role models within the black community. The words give the reader hope and instill a sense of confidence. Grimes also gives readers a glimpse of some of the very real struggles that black male children encounter within their everyday lives. Anger, fear, crime, hatred, insecurity are all addressed within the poem. "Blue" the role model looks int ...more
Katie Mccue
Each poem in this book builds on the previous one to describe how a man and a young boy become friends and how they both have something to offer one another. The boy does not have a father because he left and the man lost his son to the streets. The man is described as Blue and he helps the boy learn life lessons through examples he sets. Blue is described as having a very tough side and a very soft side to him. The boy decides he wants to be like Blue when he grows up, but he wants the soft sid ...more
Grade/Interest Level – Upper Elementary (3rd Grade)
Reading Level: N/A
Genre: Poetry
Main Characters: Damon, and Blue
Setting: Urban neighborhood
POV: Damon’s point of view
Rating: 5 stars

This book tells the story of a boy who is living with his mother. His father is absent from his life, but as he moves into the neighborhood he is introduced to Blue, his mom’s old friend from grammar school. At first Damon is skeptical of Blue given his rugged demeanor, but as the days pass they grow to be inseparabl
My Man Blue is a story that is told in a poetic format. The story is about the relationship between a you boy named Damon and his friend Blue who is a man. Blue is seen as a “gentle giant” that Damon met when he and his mother moved to the area. The boy was protective of his mother and saw himself as the only man in his mother’s life. He then took a closer look at Blue and decided he “might give him a chance.” Blue had lost his son “to the streets” and he explains to the boy that he like
Erica J
My Man Blue is a story of a young African American boy being raised by a single mother who befriends a man named Blue. Damon is apprehensive when it comes to getting to know Blue. Blue lost his own son to the streets and doesn't want the same thing to happen to Damon. The story is an assembly of narrative poetry and vivid illustrations. Blue teaches Damon life lessons, morals/values that a father would teach his son. For example, a girl at Damon's school teased, taunted, and hit Damon. However, ...more
Katie Carlisle
This story can be useful to read to students to show that there's room for someone new even if someone has left you before. I think it is full of emotion!
Jaclyn Giuriceo
wonderful story!!!
I was all set to be annoyed at this book, I don't know why... but I really liked this book. I thought the characters were so deep. Each page is like a little poem and then the whole book together is a story. The main characters develop a relationship that resembles that of parent and child, but also mutual respect and friendship. In very little space Grimes creates a strong believable bond between an adult and a child.
Kahari "Tony Motana" MIxon
This book was a good book because it was about a boy who had no dad and a man who lost his child. They begin to bond good together. The main character is the little boy and Blue. There is no conflict. I liked the book because it was about them to being there for each other. Other people who read this would like it most-likely.
I think it is really good because it has all those emostion in each poem and some times it gets to you. I learn that you mom or dad friend can end up you seeing them as a dad or mom.
This story is a great book of poetry about a friendship formed between an adult who lost his son and a child who lost his father.
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good book, about a father role model for a child who does not have one
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