Harlem: A Poem

Harlem: A Poem


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Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and James Baldwin have sung their songs about Harlem. Now Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers joins their chorus in calling to life the deep, rich and hope-filled history of this community. Christopher Myers' boldly assembled art resonates with feeling and tells a tale all its own. The words and pictures together connect readers of all ages to the spirit of Harlem in its music, art, literature, and everyday life. Author and illustrator tour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590543408
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/1997
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 152,997
Product dimensions: 9.49(w) x 12.28(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Harlem : A Poem 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rheasly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Walter Dean Myers' poem describes Harlem as a place full of sound, color, smells, and feelings. Christopher Myers illustrates the poem with multi-media paintings/collages that feel three dimensional. This book is a celebration of a place that was meant to offer a better life to those who lived there. Some of the references to musicians, artists and political figures might have to be explained in order to fully appreciate the book. Ages 7-9
chrismyersgroup on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Christopher Myers uses several different types of art techniques to uproot his audience and plant them in Harlem. Myers illustrates scenes of children running through a fire hydrant on a hot summer day, preachers preaching, and ladies singing gospels. One of his illustrations shows ¿perfumed sisters/Hip strutting past fried fish joints¿ (n.p.). Although his pictures most often follow the text, the facial expressions he has put on his characters tell the story the best. Most of the faces look withdrawn and show an expression of yearning - a yearning to get out.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing is through unrhyming poetry, and is used to describe what Harlem looks, sounds, and feels like. It was a beautiful portrayal, with vivid language. Ther writing style was incrediblly impressive.