The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

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Overview

Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today as it was in 1932.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679883470
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/28/1996
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 458,689
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Langston Hughes, is the most widely recognized African-American poet of the twentieth century. Born in Mississippi in 1902, he spent most of his adult life in Harlem, where he died in 1967.Brian Pinkney has received two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introductionx
The Dream Keeper
The Dream Keeper2
Winter Moon3
Dreams4
Winter Sweetness4
April Rain Song6
Joy7
After Many Springs8
Quiet Girl9
Fairies10
Autumn Thought11
Poem12
Sea Charm
Sea Charm14
Water-Front Streets15
Long Trip16
Death of an Old Seaman17
Seascape18
Sailor18
Irish Wake20
Beggar Boy21
Parisian Beggar Woman22
Mexican Market Woman23
Sea Calm24
Dressed Up
A Note on Blues26
Dressed Up27
Bound No'th Blues28
Song29
The Weary Blues30
Negro Dancers32
Song for a Banjo Dance34
Reasons Why35
Minstrel Man36
Po' Boy Blues37
When Sue Wears Red38
A Black Pierrot39
Wide River41
Passing Love42
Homesick Blues43
Night and Morn44
Feet o'Jesus
Feet o'Jesus46
Baby47
Ma Lord48
Judgment Day49
Lullaby50
Prayer52
Sinner53
Prayer Meeting54
Walkers with the Dawn
Walkers with the Dawn56
Dream Variation57
The Negro59
My People60
Sun Song61
The Negro Speaks of Rivers62
I, Too63
Mother to Son64
Youth65
Alabama Earth66
Lincoln Monument: Washington67
Aunt Sue's Stories68
As I Grew Older70
African Dance72
Additional Poems
Snail74
Stars75
Dream Dust76
Color76
Daybreak in Alabama77
Merry-Go-Round79
In Time of Silver Rain80
A Personal Note82

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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I'm 10 and I have almost all the books of poems Langston Hughes has written and the short story books. I also have books about his life back in the days. I recommend this book to any one who loves to dream.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the record, I¿m no poetry expert. When I read collections from poets I¿m making an effort to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself, but that doesn¿t mean I¿m going to enjoy them in the same way a connoisseur of the genre would. There are some poems I love, but as a whole, poetry isn¿t something I gravitate towards. That being said, Hughes is undeniably talented. His poems show a deep pride in his African-American roots and it¿s easy to understand why his name has become synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance. He gave a voice to the hopes and fears of generations of black Americans who were fighting against segregation. I¿m not the target audience for his work and so I¿m sure some of its impact is lost on me. I did love some of the poems, including the title one shown below. Others seemed too simple and slid by me with little effect. I think this collection is a great introduction to his work and I will probably read more from him in the future. The Dream KeeperBring me all of your dreams,You dreamer,Bring me all yourHeart melodiesThat I may wrap themIn a blue cloud-clothAway from the too-rough fingersOf the world.
cbruiz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this poetry collection by Langston Hughes, the poems are broken into sections depicting the particularites of Negro life, including The Dream Keeper, Sea Charm, Dressed Up, Feet o' Jesus, and Walkers with the Dawn. In The Dream Keeper section, I enjoyed the poem "Joy," which describes a young lady in search of joy, and finding it "in the arms of a butcher boy!" In the Sea Charm section i enjoyed the poem "Death of an Old Seaman," which describes the soul of a seaman, although his body is buried in the ground, "his soul went out to sea." In the dressed up section I enjoyed the poem "Song," which encourages the meanderings of a "child of night" to be patient in his pain, and embrace the "light." In the "Feet o' Jesus" section I enjoyed the poem "Judgment Day" which describes death as being only physical, there being infinite life beyond the grave. In the Walkers with the Dawn section, I enjoyed "My People," which relates the beauty of the night, stars and sun to the beauty of the Negro man, woman, and child. The poems, although simple in their prose and ryhme, alltogether, imply detailed impressions of differnt lives and times, as well as the author's kinship with and love for his people.
linnaea44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this poetry, it's simple and the illustrations are beautiful. The black and white illustrations were classic and correlated with the audience he was trying to reach. Even though it was written for children I found it extremely inspirational. The title is representative of the poetry collection. The poems reveal Hughes experiences on a ship and his travels to foreign countries. This would be great for bedtime reading or to jump start a writing assignment or art assignment. Probably could be tied in with a history or geography lesson.
IEliasson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic collection of youth poetry by Langston Hughes richly deserving of its adulation. The gorgeous verse is evocative of spirituals, prayer, lullabies, the blues, and the music of life in general, African American in particular. This collection was Hughes sole effort composing verse for young readers, but it reads like all of his work, bittersweet and melodic, hopeful and elegiac. Can stand alone or be combined for countless curriculum units, i.e.: Harlem Renaissance, poetry, Langston Hughes, African American history, etc.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Langston Hughes, dreamer above dreamers, wrote this beautiful children's book examining such topics as hope, old age, race, and of course, dreams. Truly the black Walt Whitman, he has ageless poems like 'The Dream Keeper' and 'The Quiet Girl.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is forthe dreamers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorites, as first being my favorite and ladt being a favorite: Death of an old sea man The parisian beggar woman Dreams
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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