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The angel smiles
Atop the tree
And proves me right.
She's happiest there
Poised for flight,
Halo kissing the ceiling
Feeling closer to home.
Twenty-three holiday offerings from Coretta Scott King Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes showcase many facets of Christmastime. From neighborhood kids who only need an icy patch and trash-can lid to have fun, to a family grate-fully sitting down to holiday dinner with all the trimmings, to Rhythm Brown-the blind sax-man who plays "Silent Night" as if he witnessed the first Christmas in Bethlehem-Nikki Grimes revels in the sights, sounds, and feelings that make the season so special. Kadir Nelson provides the perfect counterpoint to each poem with a radiant, revealing painting. Under the Christmas Tree is a gift to be treasured and shared. Open it now and enjoy!
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Nikki Grimes began penning poetry at the age of six. Her many award-winning titles include the picture books Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, which won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and Meet Danitra Brown, which won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Coretta Scott King Author Honors went to her novels The Road to Paris, Jazmin's Notebook, and Dark Sons, and her novel Bronx Masquerade won the Coretta Scott King Author Award.
In 2017, Nikki Grimes was honored by the American Library Association with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in recognition of her substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
She lives in Corona, California.
PreS-Gr. 2. Simple poetry and warm, full-page paintings celebrate an African American family's Christmas in a snowy city neighborhood. It's "the story we all know," but that's part of the pleasure of it. Grimes brings a six-year-old girl's fresh viewpoint to the holiday traditions as Nelson's pencil-and-paint images move from the busy streets and the packed store windows to warm close-ups of family hugs and kisses and the excitement of gifts under the decorated tree. The best double-page spread is "Lullaby," in which poem and picture capture the quiet beat of Rhythm Brown, "the blind sax-man," who draws a crowd when he leans into his horn and blows "Silent Night" as if he heard "the Baby's cry." In contrast, there's the active fun that comes when the city is "in shock" from a heavy snowfall. Several pages show people at night, their faces glowing in the candlelight, singing carols in the church pew or sharing the holiday feast. The blend of family, faith, and tradition will have wide appeal. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Condition: New. Kadir Nelson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M068816000X