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Gr. 5 and up, younger for reading aloud. Giovanni has added 10 new poems to her acclaimed 1973 collection of 23 poems for young people. Ford's illustrations in sepia shades are bold and full of character and dreaming. As Virginia Hamilton says in her foreword, Giovanni's voice is personal and warm, she "celebrates ordinary folks" and writes of struggle and liberation. She's upbeat and celebratory without minimizing hard times. The publisher doesn't indicate which are the new poems, but, certainly, any library that doesn't have the original title will want to buy this one. These are poems that sing. Giovanni says, "if i were a poet / i'd kidnap you," and that's what she does. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nikki Giovanni is the author of Acolytes: Poems and The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968–1998. George Ford is the illustrator of several books in the What-a-Baby series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 11
  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Revised edition (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556521898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556521898
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Coleman on February 20, 2001
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My mother gave this book to me when I was 11 and it had a profound impact on my life. I have recited the EGO-Tripping poems more than I can remember. My greatest joy came when I heard Nikki Giovanni recite it in person. I would reccomend this book to any young African American boy or girl as an introduction to poetry, it is truly a work of art!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie M. Gates on April 19, 2009
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This book is great for relating with teens. Perfect for my 7th grade, all boy classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Bell Brown on December 19, 2013
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I primarily got this book for a young lady that I am coaching on storytelling. We were talking about writers that we love. When I mentioned Nikki Giovanni, her face went blank. I recited "Ego-Tripping" and vowed to give her a copy of the poem from a book in my personal library. I didn't know that the book had been "liberated" from my library. Got this copy. Copied the poem. She loves Nikki. All is right with the world.

Best, Brenda
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