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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

By Diondra Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Powerful poem reflects on Black Americans' emotional story.

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This poetic book has a serious message as it takes readers through a young boy's neighborhood and draws readers in with a sense of familiarity and warm tones. Zetta Elliott's words and Noa Denmon's illustrations in A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart break down emotional barriers and encourage love and vulnerability. The main character takes a personal journey, encourages readers to reflect on the impact of events of the past and present on their lives, and offers hope for the future. The story includes powerful images of historic Black figures such as Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, and Louis Armstrong, and moments from the Black Lives Matter movement.

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