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The blacker the berry : poems

Author: Joyce Carol Thomas; Floyd Cooper; HarperCollins (Firm)
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Poetry : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: We are color struck. The way an artist strikes. His canvas with his brush of many hues. Look closely at these mirrors these palettes of skin. Each color is rich, in its own right. Black is dazzling and distinctive, like toasted wheat berry bread; snowberries in the fall; rich, red cranberries; and the bronzed last leaves of summer. In this lyrical and luminous collection, Coretta Scott King
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Poetry
Dust jackets (Binding)
Juvenile poetry
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Carol Thomas; Floyd Cooper; HarperCollins (Firm)
ISBN: 0060253754 9780060253752 0060253762 9780060253769
OCLC Number: 34943324
Notes: "Joanna Cotler books."
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 2009.
Coretta Scott King Award, illustrator, 2009.
Target Audience: 004-008.
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: What shade is human? --
The blacker the berry --
Raspberry black --
Golden goodness --
Coffee will make you black --
Cranberry red --
Sunshine girl --
Biscuit brown --
Skin deep --
Night shade --
Snowberries --
Toast --
Color struck.
Responsibility: by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
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From the Publisher: We are color struck. The way an artist strikes. His canvas with his brush of many hues. Look closely at these mirrors these palettes of skin. Each color is rich, in its own right. Black is dazzling and distinctive, like toasted wheat berry bread; snowberries in the fall; rich, red cranberries; and the bronzed last leaves of summer. In this lyrical and luminous collection, Coretta Scott King honorees Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate these many shades of black beautifully.

This work features twelve poems complimenting different shades of skin color and connecting those colors with similes and metaphors of foods -- mostly berries. The poems each convey, through the eyes of a child, the beauty of their own complexion and how their skin came to be that color.

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A nice addition to any library.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-11-10) Good Permalink

     This poetry book is beautifully illustrated and gives dimensions to all the different shades of black.  This book celebrates the many variations of black skin color in poetry and pictures and how each one is beautiful in its own unique way.

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