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I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage

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From the joyous to the poignant, poems by award-winning, diverse poets are paired with images by celebrated illustrators from similar backgrounds to pay homage to what is both unique and universal about growing up in the United States. Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander takes us on a riotous ride through good times and sad spent with his extended family--a journey perfectly ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Lee & Low Books
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Stephanie Bange
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed from an F&G copy of the book.

The late poet Lee Bennett Hopkins asked 14 beloved children’s writers and poets to write an original poem that “shares a memorable childhood moment and reflects on the unique heritage/tradition/belief that shaped their lives” for this beautiful anthology of poetry celebrating diversity. He then reached out to 16 incredibly talented young illustrators, pairing each with a poet/poem from a similar background, and challenged them to create a piece of
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Tasha
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful collection of poems and illustrations speak directly to the poets’ cultural heritage. Each poem looks deeply at family and identity, whether it is being asked where you come from or meeting a family member for the first time. Some of the poems show the fear of being African-American in America, the oversimplification of race when filling out forms, the way food can bring people together, and the joy of summer nights. The illustrations paired with each of the poems highlight the ...more
Margie
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can read them over the course of days or in hours. You may find yourself whispering, "Oh my goodness." You may stop at a point and softly gasp. You may begin to cry. You may feel a large grin begin to spread across your face. This is the effect carefully chosen words by authors and articulately created art by illustrators has on readers.

As I hold I Remember: Poems And Pictures Of Heritage (Lee & Low Books Inc., October 22, 2019) edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins in my hands quietly turning
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Barbara
This one is a 3.5 for me, and I can certainly see its uses in many classrooms or just for those trying to make sense of the world and our own culture and upbringing. Fourteen poets, including Kwame Alexander, Carol Boston Weatherford, and Janet S. Wong, bring their considerable writing skills to bear as they remember their own unique formative experiences. Additionally, sixteen illustrators, incuding R. Gregory Christie and Sean Qualls, share their own artistic reflections on their heritages. My ...more
Alma
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do you check “other” on a form asking about your race when you are bi-racial and more than an other? Do you have childhood memories spent with your grandmother? When you taste a specific food what memories come to mind that evoke your childhood? These questions and more are pondered in this book that’s rich with the voices of well-known diverse authors sharing their childhood memories through poetry. Read the rest of the review on my blog: https://shouldireaditornot.wordpress....
Jozef Syndicate
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
14 poets.
16 illustrators.

One dynamic presentation of heritages, traditions, and family wrapped in poetic childhood memories. Recall your own memories and share this book poems --some in rhyme, all in flow--during holiday visits with extended family and friends.

Don't judge this book by its cover, LEEandLOW's "I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage" compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a treat. 3!
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Amanda
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The only reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is because the format broke the poems and disturbed the flow and fragmented the meaning sometimes. Vexation.

Read this please. Talk about this please. Share this please.

Who were you when you were a child? Are you that same person now? Is the world the same? Examining where we come from and who we are, through poetry authors and illustrators tell/show their stories and trust us with their hearts. What an amazing gift!
Summer
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't prepared to be so moved by this book. A collection of poems for all ages that collectively reads as a tender meditation on both poetry (and artistic expression more generally), and the cultural and familial legacies that shape and strengthen us. Mined from the childhood and communal memories of the authors, this collection offers a beautiful mix of nostalgia, testimony and thanksgiving.
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Lee Bennett Hopkins was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2017. He holds a Guinness Book of Records citation for compiling the most anthologies for children. He has also received the Christopher Award, the Regina Medal, and the National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. He lives in Florida.

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