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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

Javaka Steptoe

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ISBN 10: 0606204873 / ISBN 13: 9780606204873
Published by Demco Media, 2002
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Title: In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans...

Publisher: Demco Media

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition: Very Good

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A collection of poems celebrating African American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others

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&quot;When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.&quot; This simple, yet potentially double-edged Ashanti proverb begins Javaka Steptoe's picture-book debut, a powerful collection of poems celebrating African American fathers, by new and established African American writers. Breathtaking, evocative mixed-media spreads--bedecked with beads, burlap, and buttons--earned Steptoe's brilliant collection the 1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and the 1997 Reading Magic Award. A full-time artist and art teacher, Steptoe is the son of the late John Steptoe, also an acclaimed children's book artist. Regarding the process of creating the book, Steptoe says, &quot;I was able to think about my father and how he affected me, and how I affected him, and give something to him by honoring his memory.&quot; <p> One selection, &quot;Black Father Man&quot; by Lenard D. Moore, begins, &quot;Black Father Man, / the supreme earth dweller. / We are his ripe black crop / at the beginning-of-the-harvest. / We all bleed his blood / summer-hot and thick / summer-hot and thick / as unstrained milk. / Black Father Man, / the word-music messenger.&quot; Steptoe's accompanying artwork depicts men planting seeds and children growing, using actual dirt, leaves, seeds, paint, and cut paper to communicate the regenerative &quot;we are his ripe black crop&quot; spirit of the poem. In Folami Abiade's title poem, readers will soar high with the boy in his father's arms: &quot;I am big and strong &amp; proud like him / in daddy's arms / my daddy.&quot; Other contributors--including Carole Boston Weatherford, Michael Burgess, Davida Adedjouma (editor of <i>The Palm of My Heart</i>), and more--add humor and power to this extraordinary tribute to fatherhood. <i>(All ages)</i></p>

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