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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Presents an example the Golden Shovel style of poetry, which is explained. Introduces readers to the work of famous poets of the Harlem Renaissance. It provides an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance and poet biographies. There's also information about the original illustrations included in the book.
Strong messages about perseverance, discovering and protecting self-worth, rejecting stereotypes, following your dreams, and getting support form family and mentors.
Positive Role Models
There are a variety of role models, from the Harlem Renaissance poets, to the modern-day poets, to the subjects of the poetry themselves. Parents say things to children that are positive and life-affirming. Kids make positive e declarations and discoveries, as well.
Violence & Scariness
There are few mentions of violence, including racial violence, bullying, and police brutality. A few parents are noted as being dead, including one "snatched by war."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mention of someone dancing naked, not in a sexual way but to as a way to affirm positive body image. One poem focuses on dating and prom -- typical boy/girl relationships. Another poem discusses how a boy finds a girl attractive and wonders if she's ever been kissed.
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There is allusion to hurtful, racially charged words, but none are use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Last Word: Wisdom form the Harlem Renaissance is a collection of poems by award-winning author Nikki Grimes. Grimes uses the so-called Golden Shovel style of poetry to build new poems around parts of works by poets of the Harlem Renaissance, a literary, artistic, and intellectual movement in New York City from 1918 through 1937. The poems cover a variety of topics, including interracial dating, racial and gender stereotypes, racial inequality, and self-image. These topics are covered in an uplifting, inspiring, and at times frank tone.
Is It Any Good?
Award-wining author Nikki Grimes' tribute to the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance is moving, soaring, meaty, and downright beautiful. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance brings together best and some lesser known poets of the movement, taking their wisdom and words and applying them to whole new ideas, situations, and characters, imparting wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration to a whole new generation of poetry fans. Grimes helps bring the haunting words of Langston Hughes' famous "Dear Son" and Jean Toomer's "Storm Ending" to kids who may not have discovered them otherwise, while expertly weaving in her own gripping and deep work.
The vibrant and varied illustrations of 15 artists add depth and underscore the poems' power. It's a seamless, eye-opening collaboration. Parents and kids alike will love Grimes' take on timeless issues of self-worth, positive motivation, racial stress, and relentlessly following your dreams.
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