Fourteen original poems offer young readers an exciting glimpse into the life of Langston Hughes, one of America's most beloved poets. Each of Medina's engaging poems explores an important theme in Hughes' life his lonely childhood, his love of language and travel, his dream of writing poetry. Extensive notes at the back of the book expand upon the poems, giving a broader picture of Hughes' life and the time in which he lived. With stunning illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, Love To Langston brings Langston Hughes to life for a new generation of readers.
|Publisher:||Lee & Low Books, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||8 Years|
About the Author
Tony Medina is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love to Langston is a book of poems for children written by Langston Hughes. The author, Tony Medina, explains why he created this collection in homage to the famous Harlem poet:"Langston Hughes¿ Selected Poems was one of the first poetry books I ever read. The cover had a photo of Langston sitting in front of his typewriter, looking over his shoulder with a slight, hesitating grin. It was the first brown face I had ever seen looking out a me from the cover of a book ¿ a face that reminded me of my face and the faces of my family.¿Those of us who take for granted books that provide mirrors for ourselves, can perhaps imagine what Medina felt when he opened the book and saw not only familiar-looking faces, but heard voices he recognized in the poetry of Langston Hughes:"It was the first time poetry truly spoke to me about where I was from, in language that was familiar, reminding me of the people in my neighborhood.¿Medina has selected fourteen poems to share, with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie. In big font and bold colors, the book has an inspired collection of verse. Interestingly, not one poem is the same as any from Langston Hughes¿ own book of poetry for children, The Dream Keeper And Other Poems, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. I would have to say the Medina book seems more ¿modern¿ and probably more relevant to today¿s children. Even the illustrator chose a more "edgy" look rather than the warmer pictures one might expect in a book of poetry for kids. In the back of the book, there are explanatory notes providing background information on each selection.The poem that ends the collection is a wonderful example of the type of poems included in the book, and also shows you how Hughes combines both charm and realism to get his point across. Note the alliteration as it winds up: Sometimes Life Ain¿t Always a HootSometimes life ain¿talways a hootor a hollerBut if you manageto give ita botherEven if you missyour motheror don¿t likeyour fatherThere¿ll be better daysup aheadA whole mess ofhappenin¿ daysup aheadYou can sit and sulksuck your teethand sighOr love and laughand live lifeby and byNote: Thanks to Lee & Low Books for allowing me to review this book. They recommend a reading level of grade 2 and interest level of grades 1-6.
This picture book tribute to poet Langston Hughes is exemplary in every way. Created as a 100th birthday gift to the late, great poet, this unique biography is written in verse by talented poet Tony Medina ("DeShawn Days"), a native of Hughes' old Harlem neighborhood. Each poem gives a moving glimpse into the events of Hughes' life, from his lonely childhood and the racism and poverty he overcame, to his travels and eventual success as a major creative figure of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance