A celebration of self-expression and the power of using your voice, centering Black children, and exploring the many things they can do, create, and say to make their mark.
Look around! Can you see?
The many spaces, places, and ways to
show the world all that you can be?
From painting, music, and slam poetry, to engineering, protesting, and photography, a young narrator journeys through her neighborhood, encouraging readers to explore all the many ways they can express themselves. A gorgeously illustrated and powerful celebration of self-expression shows children that there are so many spaces and opportunities to use their voices--and show the world exactly who they are.
What will you show the world?
"What will you do.../ or say.../ or make.../ to express who you are?" In a series of questions, Dalton asks readers to consider varying forms of artistic expression. "Language that makes you feel/ something; that makes you/ think something; that makes/ you do something," one spread reads, presenting four brown-skinned figures, one with a camera taking photos of three holding protest signs. Other spreads feature those finding their voices via mural painting, music, spoken word, cooking, and fashion, with the cameraperson capturing the action through-out. Peoples's stylized artwork, created with oil on paper and illustration board, centers brown-skinned figures amid almost tangibly textured backgrounds. A rousing rallying cry for young creatives. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
K-Gr 3--A young photographer with brown skin and dark hair traverses her neighborhood and documents the exemplary art, music, and culture found in the streets, shops, and museums of her Black community. Involved in equal parts celebration and inspiration, the narrator observes the self-expression around her and asks the question of her audience: How will their impact be made? The vibrancy, richness, and importance of Black joy is central to this title and resonates in the art, music, spoken word, and activism the young narrator encounters. Dalton cleverly permeates the narrative with sounds, giving the text a musical and poetic quality. On each page spread, the vignettes are detailed with texture and dimension. Peoples's mixtures of technique and perspectives give the art a dynamism that harmonizes with the text throughout. Returning home at the end of the book, the narrator poses the question, "Is there a place where you shine? A space you fill with things that inspire you?" VERDICT A testament to Black excellence, this picture book will inspire readers to set no limits to their potential.--Sarah Simpson, Westerville P. L., OHCopyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.