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Danitra Brown Leaves Town Library Binding – Bargain Price, January 1, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Zuri describes in verse the summer that she and her best friend Danitra are separated in Danitra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes, a follow-up to Meet Danitra Brown. Floyd Cooper's luminescent pastels chronicle the long days and Zuri's many moods.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-Grimes and Cooper return with another story told through poems about Danitra Brown and Zuri Jackson. This time, the friends exchange letters all summer long while Danitra is visiting relatives. Zuri starts out feeling angry and disappointed that Danitra is leaving her behind and doesn't seem to care, but eventually both girls make new friends while they look forward to being together again. Some vignettes may leave readers with perplexing questions; for example, Danitra describes a stubborn dragonfly that she's sure would like to eat her, but the accompanying image depicts her smiling at it benignly. All in all, however, Cooper's photo-realist artwork in soft hues against glowing backdrops is a lovely complement to the girls' many moods.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What I love most about this book is that it is a departure from the silly riddles, rhymes and limericks that usually constitute poetry for young readers. Ms. Grimes's poems take seriously and illustrate so eloquently the emotions of two young people who are coming to the age when they can explore and express their feelings of hurt, love, triumph, ambition and joy. It provides an excellent model text for our young authors who want to do the same.
Nikki Grimes' tale is one to which all can relate: the longing for a friend that has relocated. Through a series of "letters," the two girls, Zuri and the title character, share what is happening with each other in the miles that separate them. Such familiar "adventures" as block parties, family reunions, staring at the night sky, making new friends, school, private places, and the eventual reunion are presented in text that children will find most appealing.
This book belongs on every child's WISH list.