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America, My Love, America, My Heart

By Diondra Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Powerful poem asks the U.S. if it loves all its people.

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This beautifully created book is a timeless read for all Americans. Author-illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley uses melodic words and exquisite oil paintings to both challenge and inspire readers. The book contrasts the bold color pallette of the blue and red of the American flag with muted grays and white to tell the story and draw emotion from readers. This poetic book serves as a homage to all those who question their place in the United States, and it encourages them to love every part of themselves. It's also a call to action for those who are not aware of the imbalance that exists in our society, based on color and spoken language, and it can spark important conversations about these topics. America, My Love, America, My Heart allows readers to know that they are not alone, and that it's OK to question things as they are in order to create change.

Peoples-Riley takes a vulnerable role with this book, as she shares her own story of feeling different as a child in the Author's Note. She illustrates her journey from questioning her own identity and place in society to fully embracing who she is by including both Spanish and Louisiana Creole phrases in the text to celebrate her heritage.

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