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Jump Back, Paul by Sally Derby
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Neat little children's book that tells the story of the life of one of my favorite poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar. I am rather lukewarm to the author's use of an informal (grandmotherly) narrative voice to tell the story. I suppose such a device is more effective when the book is read aloud. The majority of the poems, though not all, shared in the book are of the informal dialectical sort, reflecting the speech he heard growing up. Personally, I am drawn more to his formal poems, where he articulates himself quite simply but profoundly. Nevertheless, the book is nice introduction to one of America's greatest poets who sadly died much too young.
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May 27, 2018 – Started Reading
May 27, 2018 – Shelved
June 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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