A celebration of mermaids, wildernesses of waves, and the creatures of the deep through poems by Langston Hughes and cut-paper collage illustrations by multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan.

Visit the Ashley Bryant Center website to learn more about the artist's life and work.

Product Code: 8885
ISBN: 9781481430852
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Published Date: 09/01/2015
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.99

The great African American poet Langston Hughes penned poem after poem about the majesty of the sea, and the great African American artist Ashley Bryan, who’s spent more than half his life on a small island, is as drawn to the sea as much as he draws the sea.

Their talents combine in this windswept collection of illustrated poems - from “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” to “Seascape,” from “Sea Calm” to “Sea Charm” - that celebrates all things oceanic.

Visit Ashley Bryant Center website to learn more about the artist's life and work.

Ages 4 to 8

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"Readers don't have to have ever heard Bryan's unforgettable, theatrical recitation of "My People" or other Hughes poems to understand the depth of the artist's appreciation of and admiration for Hughes and his poetry: he opens the poems up visually here in the same way that he opens them auditorily when he performs them live. Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.'" - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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