32 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.3 in
August 1, 1997
Atheneum Books For Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689812094
ISBN - 13: 9780689812095
From the Publisher
Why an alphabet book of African American poets? Simply as a way of presenting the work of many poets, poets who write for adults as well as children, in a form that both children and adults can enjoy. Though this is not an alphabet book in the traditional sense, it is an A to Z look at twenty-five poems and one African American spiritual selected by Ashley Bryan from a wide range of African American poets.
His selections are, for the most part, not complete poems, but fragments -- samples that are complete in their own way, and that inspired him to create pictures that capture the essence of the poetry in another form. his marvelous paintings, in tempera and gouache, are his salute to the twenty-five poets whose works are included.
Well known for his story-telling, his picture books, his own poetry, and for his lectures on African American poetry, Ashley Bryan here gives readers of all ages a chance to share the joy he has experienced in the work of some of the poets he especially enjoys.
About the Author
Ashley Bryan was born in New York City and now lives on a small island off the coast of Maine where he writes and illustrates books most of the year. A former teacher at Dartmouth College, he has compiled, written, and illustrated many books for Atheneum, mainly African folktales, such as The Story of Lightning and Thunder, and collections of spirituals, such as All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals. His book Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and Lion and the Ostrich Chicks was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
From Our Editors
Not an alphabet book in the usual sense, this highly creative work catches the essence of 25 poems and an African American spiritual. Short full verses or complete poems are presented, but more often Bryan has chosen a fragment, a sample that may lure the reader on to the whole. Full color