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Included in the list are well known activists such as Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Coretta Scott King. But there are also lesser-known names, such as Mitsuye Endo, a Japanese American woman interned during World War II, and Dennis James Banks, who cofounded the American Indian Movement.
Each person listed is given an honorific title, like "the first" for Jackie Robinson, who was the first African American baseball player in the modern era, and "the crusader" for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.
Five artists illustrate the poems: Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra and Meilo So. At first I worried that this may make the drawings too separate and feel unrelated to each other. Instead, it brings richness to the illustrations that highlight the unique qualities of each civil rights leader.
Brief biographies at the back add detail to the lives of the leaders celebrated through verse. When Thunder Comes is a great book to share with your children and introduce them to some of the major issues of the 20th century.
The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Seventeen people. That doesn't sound like a lot of folks. Seventeen people turning the tide of history and oppression. Seventeen individuals who made a difference and continue to make a difference every day. And to accompany them, seventeen poems by a former Children's Poet Laureate. In "When Thunder Comes", J. Patrick Lewis highlights heroes of every stripe. And, in doing so, lets young readers know what a hero truly is.
Lewis isn't phoning this one in. These poems are straight up honest-to-god works of poetry. Though the book is a mere 44 pages or so, its picture book size is misleading indeed. Consider this poem about Aung San Suu Kyi containing the following lines: "When a cyclone flicked off the roof of my prison / like the Queen of Hearts, turning my life to shame / and candle, the General had a mole removed.Read more ›
Lewis uses a variety of poetic forms that I'll admit I can't identify at a glance--I did see a couple of sonnets, a villanelle, and a few free verse poems. Like the poetic forms, the artwork varies in that there are five different illustrators: Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonoya Engel, John Parra, and Meilo So. This creates a rich feel to the series of page spreads. I especially like Meilo So's illustration for "The Auntie," Jim Burke's illustration for "The Slugger," Tonya Engel's illustration for "The Innocent," John Parra's illustration for "The Captive," and R. Gregory Christie's illustration for "The First."
The following is a list of the people in the book: Coretta Scott King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Josh Gibson, Mamie Carthan Till, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mitsuye Endo, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Helen Zia, Ellison Onizuka, Dennis James Banks, Harvey Milk, Muhammad Yunus, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, and Sylvia Mendez. These are amazing stories, and the poems have to be powerful to tell them. J. Patrick Lewis has done justice to this list of heroes--and make no mistake, these are heroes. For example, Lewis's poem about Gandhi focuses on his work in behalf of the outcast "untouchables." The poem concludes majestically:
For we are not the ones to say
What will erode and what endure,
Where the iron, where the clay,
Who the foul and who the pure.Read more ›
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<i>When Thunder Comes</i> is an informative collection of poems paying tribute to seventeen heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shelli