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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers Paperback – April 1, 2013
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One selection, "Black Father Man" by Lenard D. Moore, begins, "Black Father Man, / the supreme earth dweller. / We are his ripe black crop / at the beginning-of-the-harvest. / We all bleed his blood / summer-hot and thick / summer-hot and thick / as unstrained milk. / Black Father Man, / the word-music messenger." Steptoe's accompanying artwork depicts men planting seeds and children growing, using actual dirt, leaves, seeds, paint, and cut paper to communicate the regenerative "we are his ripe black crop" spirit of the poem. In Folami Abiade's title poem, readers will soar high with the boy in his father's arms: "I am big and strong & proud like him / in daddy's arms / my daddy." Other contributors--including Carole Boston Weatherford, Michael Burgess, Davida Adedjouma (editor of The Palm of My Heart), and more--add humor and power to this extraordinary tribute to fatherhood. (All ages) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Teacher, teacher, tell me how to express my love to my dad! How do you respond to a demand like that? Well, this Coretta Scott King award winning book, "In Daddy's Arms I am tall" will certainly remind young ones that there is no formula for expression. The book brilliantly pieces together, side-by-side, the many ways to demonstrate all of the fathers' influences on children. There are poems that show appreciation to fathers by highlighting father's beauty, promises made to child, memorable events, advice, and also guidance through actions. Dynamic is the only way to describe it--DYNAMIC! All of the poems vary in length, illustration, and style, yet they all celebrate fathers. This book is a great way to introduce poetry and its complexity to young learners. It encourages them to find their poetic style and also to stop--stop to find the subtle nuances in others that we greatly admire.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great images. It will be my gift for my nephews for years to come. Also gave a copy to a male friend.Published 22 months ago by Deborah Singletary
i thought that this was a story book that my son could read with my grandschild. its a poetry book and its not so bad.Published on September 1, 2013 by shopaholic
I originally got this book for Father's day to read to my students. After reading it, it really made me look at fathers a different way, and for those that are fathers in their... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Stacey
I used this book for a vespers service at my church in which I combined the topics of Juneteenth and Fathers' Day. The illustrations are colorful and well-suited to the poetry. Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by A. Acker
In Daddy's Arms is a collection of poetry that is devoted to celebrating African-American fathers, that also celebrates positive images of fathers as a whole. Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by Steven
This book contains a collection of African American Poems about fathers. We also enjoyed this one quite a bit. Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by Heidi
My sons and I share a love of the verse in the poem "Tickle, Tickle," which is our favorite in this beautifully illustrated collection of poetry.Published on April 22, 2005 by AC