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The Undefeated

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Poetic tribute to African American heroes and struggles.

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This inspiring celebration of African American heroes and regular folk uses spare poetry and bold art to remind or teach kids about black achievement and struggle. The message of The Undefeated is in its structure, as each stanza begins with "This is for ... " This structure lets the poet acknowledge the folks who came before, who struggled to survive and make their mark on America. "This is for the unlimited,/ unstoppable ones./ The dreamers and doers ..." It's very effective and beautifully amplified by Kadir Nelson's amazing art. Sometimes it features a single figure or face against a stark white page or two-page spread. Other times there's a collage-like jumble of many heroes of a certain genre, like music or sports.

There's so much to pore over in the words, images, and explanatory back matter that young readers will be engaged for much longer than it takes to read the poem. And it may prompt them to seek more information about these heroes and historical events. The Undefeated also makes a great read-aloud and offers an opportunity for parents and caregivers to share their own memories of these heroes and events with kid readers.

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