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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems Hardcover – November 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0679844211 ISBN-10: 067984421X Edition: ANV

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; ANV edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067984421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679844211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally published in 1932, this edition of Hughes's vibrant poems includes seven additional poems and is enhanced by dynamic scratchboard art. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-12. Hughes' classic poetry collection, originally published for young people in 1932, is reissued here in a handsome new edition. It includes seven additional poems, a fine introduction by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and a personal afterword by Augusta Baker. Black-and-white scratchboard illustrations in Pinkney's signature style express the emotion and beat of the poetry, the laughter that hides pain, the celebration and the struggle of the African American experience, and the music of the weary blues. The poems are as powerful today as they were 60 years ago, colloquial and direct yet mysterious and complex. The simplicity of these lines makes them accessible to middle-graders but doesn't detract from their appeal to older readers. As Hopkins says, "Poem: I loved my friend" has become an elegy for separation and loss. History and the most private feeling "mingle themselves softly" in the voices that "cross and recross" here. Demanding to be spoken aloud, the words sing for all of us. There's no better way to show kids that poetry is about them than to share this collection. Hazel Rochman

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The only thing left to say is read the book!
SEvans
This book is a great stepping stone to making fabric dream catchers to hang about.
Sharon A. Hinsley
Great poetry book, collection, good poetry from Langston Hughes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems is essential for anybody trying to share the beauty of Langston Hughes with children. The poems in this collection rank among Hughes' finest. Pinkney's illustrations compliment the imagery of the poetry wonderfully. Children and adults will become true Langston Hughes fans after reading this introductory book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Sloss on April 8, 2004
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Hughes' words come to life in this book of poetry. This collection, originally issued in 1932, is as powerful as it was seventy years ago. As an added bonus, there are seven new poems for the reader to enjoy. The struggle and celebration of the African-American experience is apparent here. Brian Pinkney's black-and-white scratchboard illustrations add life and expression to the poems. Hughes' classic collection is appealing and inspirational. This astonishingly wonderful set of poems is definitely a collection that would spark the interest of children learning about poetry. Hughes' gift of lively words live on!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SEvans on March 25, 2005
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The Dream Keepers and other poems is a book that you must read. Langston Hughes puts you through so many different moods during this book. The poems reach out to you. I especially like the I,TOO poem. This poems speaks about progress, determination, and being focused. There is a poem for everyone to connect with. The illusrations by Brian Pinkney are black and white with a lot of curvy lines. There was a great of time put in each. The pictures assist in putting you in the mood of the poem. The only thing left to say is read the book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez on September 28, 2008
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The book "The dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes is a complete tresure. The first time i saw it was in high school,the poem i had to read was "As I grew older". It really inspired me to fight and never loose faith in what I belive in. African american poetry, in general, are great poems to have and keep for eternity. they teach us to respect and accept everyone for who they are, without looking at the color of their skin.
God Bless!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Hinsley on June 8, 2008
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This is real poetry that you can see, hear, and feel in your heart and head. Langston Hughes has captured our hopes, dreams, life and love and put it in words. This book is a great stepping stone to making fabric dream catchers to hang about. It cries out to be shared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christie Gencarelli on May 22, 2014
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Langston Hughes is a very inspirational writer, this book is recommended for Children as well as adults and teens! I highly recommend it.
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By J. Hartman on January 9, 2014
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These poems are absolutely beautiful and really perfect for introducing children to poetry. And this edition has some very sweet black and white sketches. Highly recommend.
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By GrannyX7 on March 11, 2013
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This has become our family's favorite poetry book. I found it when looking for poetry for the grands. They love the cadence and attitudes of the lyrics. I say 'lyrics' instead of words, because they are more like songs. The historical value of these poems cannot be explained. There are several that will bring you to tears, some that will lift you up and inspire you. Some entertain, some make you think. I love to listen to the kids read them (or actually recite them because they know so many by heart), and then explain what they think it means. I highly recommend you order more than one. Perfect teachers' gift, also, especially for the lower grades.
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