Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today as it was in 1932.
About the Author
Evelyn Louise Crawford and MaryLouise Patterson(a San Francisco art consultant and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Cornell) are the daughters of some of Langston Hughes's closest black friends and political comrades. They remained cherished friends and confidantes of his for over forty years. Their parents, Louise Thompson Patterson (1901 1999), William L. Patterson (1891 1980), Matt N. Crawford (1903 1996), and Evelyn Graces Crawford (1899 1972), were black Communist civil rights activists. Langston Hughes often stayed with them, and they all traveled together, corresponded about key issues of the day, and took a joint trip to the Soviet Union. Langston Hughes wrote poems to celebrate both girls' births.
Brian Pinkney is one of the most celebrated talents in children's publishing. In his career he has won two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King medal, a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award, and three Coretta Scott King Honors. For Simon & Schuster he illustrated "The Faithful Friend, " which won the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor, "Sukey and the Mermaid, " which won the Coretta Scott King Honor, and "The Adventures of Sparrowboy, " which won the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award. He lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, New York -- which is where this story takes place.
"There's no better way to show kids what poetry is about than to share this collection."--Booklist.