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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  269 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Zuri Jackson wants readers to meet her friend, Danitra Brown, the most splendiferous girl in town. In thirteen spirited rhymes, Zuri narrates an unforgettable portrait of the many ways in which friends bring out the best in each other. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1984)
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Tatum says that this book addresses the issues of colorism in an empowering way and I completely agree with her. This book is full of cute and empowering poems about Danitra Brown. It defines how important it is for African American children to have African American friends to lean on. My favorite poem is the Sweet Blackberry poem which talks about the hurt Danitra’s friend feels when the kids at school make fun of her for being black. Her mom tells her that next time she should say, “The blacke ...more
Alexis Imler
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grimes, N. (1997). Meet Danitra Brown. (F. Cooper, Illus.). New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Genre: Poetry, Juvenile poetry Recommended grade level: 3-4 Format: African American Poetry and Picture book
Themes: Friendship, bullying, and family Major Awards: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, ALA Notable Book

Summary: Does the plot summary indicate that the individual clearly read the book?
Meet Danitra Brown is a poetry book that draws attention to young readers through its positive words and spi
Annotated Bibliography Poetry Entry #1: Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes


Meet Danitra Brown is a children's poetry book that features a young African American girl, named Zuri who uses each poem to introduce us to Danitra Brown and their friendship. As readers we get to know a lot about Danitra from Zuri, such as she likes purple and desires to win the Nobel Prize. Besides the concept of friendship this book touches on other important topics, such as single parent homes, race and bullyi
Patrick Hamill
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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Daniel Walsh
Summary: Meet Danita Brown is a collection of poems with a cultural understanding theme. The poems include everyday problems or events any child may have no matter the age, sex, or race. It offers an understanding that a child can identify with Danita Brown by similar obstacles a child may face like bullying, chores, and parents. It also offers other poems where a child may not be able to identify with her, but still introduce them to a different life and be empathetic to her struggles she faces ...more
Kiah Albritton
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exam-1
Written by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Flloyd Cooper, Meet Danitra Brown won the Coretta Scott King Award. This was my first read of the book; it made me sentimental about my friendships with other black girls. Sophisticated concepts like colorism and single-parent households were explored in a few of the poems, and I enjoyed each one. The intended audience for this book is children between 4-8 years old. The books works well for that age range because of the rhyme pattern in each poem and f ...more
Morgan Baumbach
Summary: Danitra Brown is a young African American girl who is introduced to the readers through the eyes of her best friend, Zuri. The poems focus on themes of friendship through the eyes of young Zuri. The girls do not let their urban setting hamper their fun!

Personal Response: This collection of poems is great! The author, Nikki Grimes does a great job depicting themes of friendship through the eyes of young children. She introduces ideas such as culture and trust, building a concrete foundat
Sophie Klockow
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ed-438
Summary: This book was at first hard to understand as it is not written in proper English, but it started to grow on me with it's rhymes about a little black girl named Danitra in the perspective of her friend.
Connections: My favorite page was the one where it talked about "The Ladies Of The House." On this page, it said that Danitra's mom was sick so both Danitra and her friend had to help take care of the mother as well as do the house chores that mom would normally do. I felt like the woman
Kelly Noser
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautifully written and filled with 13 poems. The spreads created by Floyd Cooper are all breathtaking and made with bright colors to show the positive and happy side of things. The poems cover a variety of problems including bullying, family problems and at home life. The poems are written in the point of view of Zuri Jackson about her best friend Danitra Brown and the obstacles they face in their everyday life. It really gets the point across and allow viewers to either relate or ...more
Octavia Cade
2.5 stars, rounding up to 3. I want to like this better than I do. I enjoy the fact that this is a book of poems about friendship between girls. The relationship between them is warm and supportive, and even though they fight occasionally they always come back to each other. That this friendship is so successfully sketched out in just over a dozen short poems is genuinely impressive. That said, I didn't think the poems themselves were that great. They're likeable enough, and maybe it's just that ...more
Meet Danitra Brown I really enjoyed the poems and the illustrations are lovely. I was happy to learn there are more Danitra Brown books. I'll have to see if the later two books (Danitra Brown, Class Clown and Danitra Brown Leaves Town) are easier to find (neither of my libraries owns a copy for some reason).  ...more
Nicole McElhose
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I knew that the rhymes would kill in this story, because Nikki Grimes, but what I wasn't prepared for was how incredible the illustrations would be. Grimes and Cooper made for such an incredible collaboration in this beautiful, defiantly joyful, heartfelt little book. I'll definitely be checking more of Cooper's work out going forward. ...more
I wouldn't read all of this to the class, however, I could read a few poems a day. I love the illustrations! ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danitra Brown and her friend Zuri have the kind of friendship and self confidence I wish for all of my students.
Maya Norton
Nikki Grimes is always a favorite. Floyd Cooper's illustrations are so rich and deep they could right walk off the page. ...more
Through a collection of poems, Zuri Jackson introduces the readers to her best friend: Danitra Brown.
Alexa Jaye
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book that is full of poetry about a girl and her friend. It also has really good illustrations throughout the book.
Emma Lerchen
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Juvenile Poetry, Friendship, Family, Culture, Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, ALA Notable Book
The poems in this book are in the perspective of Zuri Jackson. She is describing her best friend, Danitra Brown. According to Zuri, Danitra is always fearless and brings out the best in her while growing up in inner-city America.
Personal Response-
I truly enjoyed the realness and honesty of the poems. You get a real sense of friendship and connection between the two girls and the other char
Garrett Harner
Plot Summary:
Meet Danitra Brown is a fun book that shows aspects of daily childhood life. The pages in the book show small snipetts of the daily life of Danitra Brown and some of her friends. Each page is composed of a separate poem, and often times the poems have some sort of underlying meaning or lesson to be learned from them. This book gives a sense of Danitra Brown as being almost an everyday hero, in that she always seems to have an appropriate response to the events that are occurring. F
Kathryn Dykes
Plot Summary/ Personal Response:
Danitra Brown is no ordinary gal,
She is a unique kind of pal.
Dressed in purple from head to toe,
She may be a princess, we’ll never know.
Don’t let her fear of pigeons fool ya,
For she’s brighter than the average school-a
Pay no attention to those name-calling boys,
After all it’s just background noise.
Danitra knows just what to do,
To cheer me up when I feel blue.
She’s the one and only Danitra Brown,
She’s the best of friend in this whole darn town.

If you have yet
Alyson Long
Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes (Poetry)

Plot Summary: “Meet Danitra Brown” is a book full of both long and short poems. These poems are told from the standpoint of Danitra Brown’s friend, describing everything about Danitra from what she wears, to what her family structure is, to how she deals with bullies, and what she likes to do for fun. The poem make you feel a variety of emotions, and is a Coretta Scott King Award Honor book for it’s awesome multicultural features for young adult readers
Alyssa Crowley
Plot Summary/Personal Response: This lively and inspiring collection of poetry allows the readers to follow the story of two girls and their friendship as they encounter different obstacles in everyday life. The poetry cohesively tells of different school events, family issues, friendships, and peer encounters that nearly everyone can connect with. The poems show Zuri Jackson’s views of the world around her and specifically her feelings towards her beautifully spirited friend, Danitra Brown. The ...more
Plot Summary, Personal Response, and Literary Merit:
This impactful collection of poetry is a Coretta Scott King Book Award winner. It is the introductory book in a series centered around two girls, the title character, Danitra Brown (who only ever wears purple), and her best friend, Zuri Jackson. Danitra is a very enthusiastic, confident, and determined girl, clearly loved and respected by her friend, Zuri, who also functions in the role of narrator.

Book themes include Afro-American coming-of-a
Olivia Evans
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Plot Summary: This book is a collection of poems that invite a reader to learn about Danitra Brown and her background, talents, friends, ups and most importantly, downs. Most of the poems are told through her best friends Zuri’s perspective, who clearly think Danitra is the most fabulous girl in town. My favorite poem in the collection is ‘Coke Bottle Brown’ in which Danitra shows her confidence and courage through reminding Zuri to not care what people say or think about them. She claims ‘Me, D ...more
Title: Danita Brown
Author: Nikki Grimes
Genre: poetry

Plot Summary: This book is a collection of different narrative poems all about Danitra Brown. Her favorite color is purple and she loves her friends and family. She like playing around with her friend, and acting. They share ice cream and comfort each other when they are feeling sad. Danitra shares her rhymes and stories with her friend and says she is going to win the Nobel Peace Prize one day.

Literary Merit: Characterization is the prominent
Abigail Flanagan
Plot: Meet Danitra Brown is a book with many different poems and pictures. Every poem is about Danitra Brown told from the perspective of her friend Zuri Jackson. It talks about Danitra's favorite color, boys being mean, Danitra's spunky personality and even her family. Danitra is a free-spirited kid who has a lot of confidence in herself. She loves the color purple and wears it every single day because she was told that queens from Timbuktuh wore purple. Zuri seemed to love Danitra and secretly ...more
Daniel Markowski
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Title: Meet Danita Brown
Author/Illustrator: Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Genre: Poetry
Themes: Friendship, Culture
Plot Summary: This poetry collection takes readers through the life of Danitra Brown from the perspective of her good friend Zuri Jackson. Poem by poem, page by page, readers learn more and more about Danitra and her life at school, at home, her talents, her likes and dislikes, her good times and bad. Zuri teaches readers her and Danitra’s life and the true value of friend
Addie Lauver
Meet Danitra Brown
Plot/ Personal response:
Meet Danitra brown is a book of poems written about Danitra Brown by her best friend Zuri Jackson. Danitra is a fun loving, outgoing, determined young girl who only ever wears purple. This is because the queens from Timbuktuh wore purple. She is a free-spirit who has a lot of confidence and belief in herself. Each poem touch on something different, but the theme of multicultural diversity remains throughout.
I believe that this series of poems all teache
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