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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Hardcover – Picture Book, July 21, 2020
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"A resonant exultation of community and the importance of self-reflection." ―Publishers Weekly
"This book delivers positivity, despite the inclusion of police brutality, a Black Lives Matter protest, and a vigil for the dead―all of which affirm the child’s realities . . . A well-crafted, twenty-first-century love poem by two truth-telling Black women artists and activists." ―The Horn Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (July 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374307415
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374307417
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.41 x 11.37 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readers will accompany a young child who's sharing about the many emotions hiding within. The words are gorgeous, but so are the illustrations. And the illustrations add information. Readers will need to read those too or they may miss a lot.
Unfortunately, there are still way too many communities and families reeling due to police shootings and other instances of violence by the hands of the state. This book is one way for readers to find their way to healing. Children and their loved ones or caregivers will have opportunities to reflect on their own emotions and ways that they can express and experience them. I see this as a path to meaningful discussions or even just a way for loved ones to sit with each other in their pain and healing.
There is beauty in the strength and the hope that this young Black child finds when looking within and when looking at his community.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book for any home or shared library that serves young people. Anyone can find healing within the pages of this book, but I think that this is particularly true for Black readers. There are certainly ugly things happening, but that is not where the poem ends. The young person feels pride in knowing that through the struggle, his people have emerged strong. In the face of everything, he is able to show compassion and love and so are others in his community. I believe it will move readers toward healing, but will also be empowering. I hope it gets in the hands of many, many readers.