From School Library Journal
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 CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved