I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

From the joyous to the poignant, poems by award-winning, diverse poets are paired with images by celebrated illustrators from similar backgrounds to pay homage to what is both unique and universal about growing up in the United States.

Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander takes us on a riotous ride through good times and sad spent with his extended family--a journey perfectly captured by Coretta Scott King Award winner Michele Wood's vibrant overflowing and overlapping images.

Pura Belpré Award winner Margarita Engle shares happy memories of learning to embroider, accompanied by fine artist and printmaker Paula Barragán's colorful graphic representation of a granddaughter and grandmother at work.

Bestselling author Nick Bruel talks about his confusion over having to define himself by a single racial label, which is brought to life by newcomer Janine Macbeth's reflective image of herself trying to figure out her own mixed ancestry.

Together these heartfelt poems and captivating illustrations shine a light on the rich diversity of people in our nation as well as the timeless human connections and experiences we all share. Readers of any age and background will find much that sparks their memories and opens their eyes.

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

An inclusive collection of poets and artists pays homage to cultural and familial inheritance through a series of illustrated memories. Compiled by Hopkins, readers are treated to an intimate look into the childhoods of poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Kwame Alexander. Every work opens with a personal dictum from both poet and artist ("Painting is the voice that helps me share," says Rafael López). And the following poems evoke an immediacy that connects readers with another's memory--of travel, food, ritual, story--while drawing out readers' own fond remembering ("When Abuelita visits/ time seems to stop," writes Margarita Engle). The corresponding artwork demonstrates a wonderful range of visual language and technique; there is truly something for everyone in these pages. The index includes mini biographies and then-and-now photographs of the book's contributors. A rich celebration of the cultures and moments that shape people. Ages 8-up. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 3-8—This vibrant quilt of poetry and art features the works of 30 unique poets and artists from a wide array of cultural backgrounds. Poems recount the writers' memories of their family traditions and how their experiences growing up in America as second-generation children often shaped their views of their heritage and cultural identity. Contributors such as Kwame Alexander, Jorge Tetl Argueta, Nick Bruel, and Janet S. Wong offer a varied approach to poetic form, allowing readers to experience rhythm, meter, and verse. Illustrations using all types of media sing through the pages. Each poet's work is preceded by a statement addressing what poetry means to them and how its format can tap into a person's heart and soul. VERDICT Pairing the works of some of today's most important voices in children's poetry with illustrations by artists of equal talent makes this is a must-have for all elementary and middle grade collections.—Liz Allen, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Lee & Low Books
Publication date
October 20, 2019
BISAC categories
JNF038100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
Library of Congress categories
Identity (Psychology)
Family life
American poetry
Children's poetry, American

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