Abby Johnson's Reviews > Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Jump Back, Paul by Sally Derby
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really liked it
bookshelves: 4th_grade, 5th_grade, 6th_grade, diverse, poetry, nonfiction

So, I really knew absolutely nothing about Paul Laurence Dunbar coming in to this book and I was totally fascinated. Writing in a conversational tone, author Sally Derby brings Dunbar's brief, passionate life to the young reader, including many of his poems. While I enjoyed reading this book and it seems to be meticulously researched, I'm a little ambivalent about the conversational tone of the book. I like it because it feels like grandma is sitting down in the kitchen and telling you about this interesting person, but there were several points where the author imagines what Dunbar would have felt about certain situations, etc. that felt like it's blurring the lines of nonfiction.

I read an ARC, so final art was not seen, but I LOVE Sean Qualls and I am really excited to seek out the finished book to see the finished art. (The black & white art included in the ARC is amazing!)
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Started Reading
June 29, 2015 – Shelved
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: 4th_grade
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: 5th_grade
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: 6th_grade
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: diverse
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: poetry
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: nonfiction
June 29, 2015 – Finished Reading

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