Two fifth graders try to uplift themselves and their classmates out of a less than beautiful urban present by encouraging dreams and the desire to achieve them.
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Camille Yarbrough (camilleyarbrough.com) is an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, and author.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 Shimmershine, according to Angie's elderly cousin, is that good feeling and pride which people have in their racial heritage and physical features. Ten-year-old Angie desperately needs this shimmershine to overcome the taunts from her classmates about her dark complexion and kinky hair, as well as the negative feelings that she has about her parents' separation. With the help of a friend, Angie learns how to be her own person by speaking up for herself and standing her ground against a group of class bullies. Her participation in a special dance and drama class, conducted by a dynamic teacher who instills in her students an appreciation for their African heritage, enables Angie to blossom and finally earn the respect of her taunting classmates. Yarbrough sensitively tackles the issue of color distinctions among blacks. Black dialect is used in dialogue throughout, and Angie's characterization, more so than that of some other characters, is consistent. (The appearance at the very end of Angie's father seems a bit contrived, although very welcome.) The vital part in which an arts program can play in a curriculum as well as in a young person's development is effectively demonstrated. Angie is a dreamer and wants a better life for her family, and perhaps this shimmershine feeling that she gets at the end will enable her to fulfill these dreams. Jeanette Lambert, LaVega School, Waco, Tex.
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