Effie Lee Newsome was a pioneer in children's literature. She was possibly the first African American poet whose body of work consisted primarily of poems for children. A number of her poems appeared in The Brownies' Book, the magazine published by W.E.B. DuBois. Later, she wrote a children's column, "The Little Page," for The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Until now, Effie Lee Newsome's poems were available only in a hard-to-find collection titled Gladiola Garden, published in 1940. This new volume, which includes poems from Gladiola Garden, The Brownies' Book, and "The Little Page," reintroduces Effie Lee Newsome and the spirit of her work to a new generation of children.
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Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979), a writer and librarian at the College of Education at Wilberforce University, lived in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998) was a distinguished painter, who taught in the Department of Art at Howard University.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Published over 60 years ago and long out of print, these poems reintroduce a gifted poet whose work will appeal to children of any generation. Bishop's introduction details the lives of Newsome and the artist, Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), whose pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the collection. Bishop describes the poems as having been written "by a woman who loved all of nature-birds, flowers, trees, wind, rain, snow, insects, animals.-She had a knack for being able to remember a child's way of seeing the world." The warm illustrations are also reminiscent of an earlier time, but are still effective. The poetry succeeds in reflecting childlike wonder in images from everyday life.
Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
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Book Description Wordsong, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111563978253
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