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Read And Rise: (Foreword by Maya Angelou) Hardcover – January 1, 2006


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Kindergarten-Grade 2–In this second book in the Read and Rise initiative cosponsored by the National Urban League, the focus is clear: read in order to achieve. The uplifting message begins with a foreword by Maya Angelou: Reading is the pathway/From the dungeon/To the door/Freedom. Colorful photographs on bright backgrounds capture exclusively African-American children, but all youngsters can relate to the dreams they share: of soaring–as do astronauts; creating–as do chefs; rescuing–as do firefighters. Surrounded by supportive adults, children are read to and read by themselves. The photographs that support each stanza of the poetic text show reading taking place; for example, two sisters absorbed in a book about ballerinas are then showcased in pink dresses and tiaras, ready to dance themselves. Powerful verbs match the vivid portrayal of children succeeding. Like Pinkney's Shades of Black (Scholastic, 2000), this is a must-have.–Alexa L. Sandman, Kent State University, OH
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K-Gr. 3. The newest addition to the Read and Rise literacy initiative, a collaboration between the National Urban League and Scholastic, is an attractive visual commercial for using books to promote the power of reading and, as the book flap notes, "inspire African American children to achieve their dreams." A joint effort of the husband-and-wife team that created Shades of Black (2000), the book, which opens with a poem by Maya Angelou, combines clear, spare text with beautiful color photographs of smiling Aftican American children interacting with books, exploring, discovering, and imagining all kinds of ambitions--from flying a plane to becoming a fireman: "Inside the library / lost in a book / putting out fires / rescuing people." An effective tool for encouraging reading for every child. An afterword briefly explains the literacy project and notes the availability of a parents' guide, Read and Rise: Preparing Our Children for a Lifetime of Success, but not where to get it. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439309298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439309295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan Deperro on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Working with inner city children I have even heard adults say "Black kids don't read". What absurdity! If people introduced children to books they would like it even more, and yes there ARE Black city kids who read, but you and I both know there can and should be a lot more who do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Mc. on October 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book highlights how reading can take you to new places and show you new things to be. I liked this one, but the poetry was a little bit clunky and didn't flow very well on the page. However, the photos were really cool and the kids liked them; I also think the kids liked calling out which one of the professions they would like to be. It's a good length for reading to smaller kids, and it is a good look at poetry for younger kids.
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By M. Heiss on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This begins with the poem "Choose Your Freedom - Learn to Read" by Maya Angelou -- beautiful for reading out loud. Then, using adorable, colorful, playful photographs of grade-school children, shows kids like yours engrossed in a book about their favorite topic.

In accompanying photographs, the children are presented wearing the clothing/uniform of what they are reading about, actively participating in the book.

Great read-aloud book, perfect for capturing children's attention.

This would be a fun class project for making a photobook -- have a child write a brief stanza, then dress as described.
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