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Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dynamic, enthralling kid's-eye-view of 1970s Harlem.

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Magical, enthralling, and at times tragic, James Baldwin's only children's book is a fantastic window into '70s Harlem, as seen through a child's eyes. The most important thing to take away from the book, which Baldwin shows so well, is the balance between the harsh realities of life and the simple magic of childhood. And with the whimsical watercolor illustrations of French illustrator Yoran Cazac, the book never falls into heavy despair but seeks to present life as it is, a series of events that make up a tapestry. Parents will love exposing kids to James Baldwin's work, and kids will love seeing a kid just like them, no matter differences in time, location, or even race.

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