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I Am Loved
Contributor(s): Giovanni, Nikki, Bryan, Ashley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1534404929     ISBN-13: 9781534404922
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Blends vibrant poetry and evocative, culturally inspired artwork in an energetic treasury that conveys to young readers how much they are loved regardless of age and circumstance. By the National Book Award-winning author of Rosa and the Newbery Honor-winning illustrator of Freedom Over Me.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: bl2017053174
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.84 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
A legendary pair presents a volume of verse worth remembering. Bryan's recognizably vibrant, colorful, and moving illustrations accompany a selection of Giovanni's poems (both new and previously published). The electric blue, sunny yellow, warm brown, bright purple, etc., of the front-cover illustration set an upbeat tone that Bryan maintains throughout (even in "A Song of a Blackbird," a poem about death). While the topics range from dance to self-reflection to nature to friendship, each illustration affirms the beauty and worth of black and brown children. Several poems recall slavery and the civil rights movement, providing a historical source of strength and courage for contemporary readers. One poem, "I Am a Mirror," is told from the first-person perspective of the mylar mirror attached to the facing page. The speaker travels back generationally, beginning with "I reflect the grace / Of my mother…" and going back to the great-grandfather and the ancestors, taking an attribute from each generation that results in a strong individual. The presentation can be viewed as an almost literal interpretation of Rudine Sims Bishop's concept of a mirror book. A combination of poetry and art that will bring readers back again and again. michelle h. martin Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 November #1)

In 11 poems, a mix of new and previously published work, Giovanni celebrates open-ended and affirming love. Some invoke love directly ("I wrote a poem/ for you because/ you are/ my little boy," begins the opening poem, "Because"), others obliquely: in "Quilts," an old tablecloth seeks new life: "When I am frayed and stained and drizzled at the end/ Please someone cut a square and put me in a quilt/ That I might keep some child warm." Newbery Honor–winner Bryan paints African-American men, women, and children in thick, swirling compositions suggestive of stained glass; he makes room for an embedded mirror to accompany a poem that addresses readers directly: "I reflect the strengths/ Of my people/ And for that alone/ I am loved." A joyful and broad reflection of love's many faces. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

PreS-Gr 4—This dynamic collection of verse thrums with musical language, exploring the interconnectedness between individuals and generations, humanity and nature. Pulsing through each brief poem is a leitmotif of love, and Bryan's warm illustrations underscore the book's comforting refrain. While a few poems are bittersweet, dealing with aging and loss, serene and contented elements emerge amid the wistfulness. Non-religious spirituality pervades Giovanni's language with a reverence for nature, and for life itself, in simple words that will resonate with young and old. "No Heaven" questions "How can there be/No heaven/When rain falls/gently on the grass/When sunshine scampers/across my toes." "Kidnap Poem" is especially metaphor-rich and overall lush, and the final poem, "Do the Rosa Parks" is perfect for reading to groups of young children, as it invites recitation and movement. Bryan's bold illustrations reflect the energy of the verses, splashing rainbows of rich color across every page. The paintings highlight a particularly poignant line or illuminate wording that some young readers might find complex, thereby aiding their meaning-making process. Children will especially enjoy the mirror included beside the poem "I Am a Mirror," a luminous verse that speaks of resilience. VERDICT A recommended addition to all picture book poetry collections, one that encourages children to embrace their personal histories and to love and be loved. A vibrant burst of positivity for readers of any age.—Melissa Williams, Berwick Academy, ME

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.