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ISBN

9781481430582

Publication Date

2015

Publisher

Athenuem Books

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Review

This collection of Langston Hughes poems is the ideal way for children to read poetry. All the poems have to do with water, either the sea, rain, or rivers. A lot of the poems have African-American themes, which was very important to Hughes. This book shows children the beauty of poetry not just through the words crafted by Hughes, but also through Bryan’s illustrations of cut out waves and faces. Children will love this book for the colorful pages and soft lullaby like songs. The crown jewel of this book is the final poem of rivers. All these poems show the deep richness of poetry that I think children need to hear. Poetry should be devoured by children. They should read it voraciously. The cadence and rhythm of each poem is magical. I would recommend this book for children ages four to ten (and maybe even some adults).

Highly Recommended. Shaune Young, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University

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Review of <em>Sail Away: poems</em> by Langston Hughes

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