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Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (November 19, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060229179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060229177
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Myers ( Scorpions ; Now Is Your Time! ) gathers a stirring collection of turn-of-the-century photographs of black children and sets them to poetry, his verse alternating between the music of 19th-century hymns and that of plain talk. The arresting portrait of a truly angelic-looking child on the book's cover, for example, is accompanied by "Prayer": "Shout my name to the angels / Sing my song to the skies / Anoint my ears with wisdom / Let beauty fill my eyes." A series of pictures of smiling children illustrates a poem that mocks adults who are "so tizzy-busy / They don't remember / How good a grin feels / Ain't that something / How people forget that?" Myers's tone is sometimes sentimental--especially in the depiction of "sweet" or "precious" children, like the "pretty little tan girl / She knows all the tricks"--and sometimes didactic; he's best in his lightest moments. The design of the book, with its warm sepia-toned photographs and Victorian decorations, handsomely showcases the haunting and hopeful faces of the children, whose names have been lost along with those of the men and women who photographed them. All ages.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2 Up-A unique celebration of the continuum of human life and of childhood in all its robustness, fragility, and evanescent beauty. Motivated by a desire to share his pleasure in the old photographs of African-American children that he collects, Myers has created an exquisite album. The 42 superbly reproduced, black-and-white and sepia prints radiate intensely with the personalities of their subjects. The author's 11 original poems are in various forms and range from humorous to elegiac. The language is simple and reads aloud well. Although the pictures will not show up well enough at a distance for story programs, Brown Angels will have innumerable uses in the classroom, from family history projects to poetry writing. This is a book that children may not pick up on their own because of its old-fashioned appearance, but once they have discovered it, they will pore over the images and want to hear the verses again and again. The fact that the children are black adds poignancy, but the feelings that animate their faces are universal.
Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on February 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Walter Dean Myers has put together a unique collection of poetry highlighting African
American childhood. Instead of using traditional illustrations, Myers gathered a
collection of turn of the century photographs of African American children in places
ranging from flea markets to museums. Each of the poems seems to capture the very
essence of the corresponding photograph and bring life to the nameless faces within the pictures. I enjoyed all of the poems in this collection, my personal favorites were "Love that Boy" and "Pretty Little Black Girl" which were tributes to Black boys and girls respectively.
While I enjoyed this collection, I believe this is a book that will be enjoyed more by parents than by their children. Still this book is a wonderful tribute to ordinary African American children and our rich cultural heritage. The stunning photographs along with delightful poems make this book worth checking out.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's a wonderful make you feel good book. A great gift idea for all ages. The photos are beautiful and heart warming. I have given this book as a gift many times and everyone adores it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book mom on September 27, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
I ordered this book for my 8 year old and we both love it. It arrived in a timely fashion and we are very pleased with our purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Just think, if I hadn't wandered by the poetry section and decided to look at the books, I might have never discovered this gem. I only found this because of a student's request for rhyming books and an admiration of Waler Dean Myers. Thanks fate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Brown Angels is surely to make you smile with its collection of adorable and emotional photographs. A wonderful gift idea.
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