Monday, July 2, 2012
I, Too, Am America
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is my pick for Independence Day.
Collier has taken Hughes's original poem and given it new life in the form of a picture book. His rich and sophisticated images together with the timeless verse make a piece that can be enjoyed by all ages. While the hardships and oppression faced by African-Americans is fully acknowledged, the real emphasis is on the lasting impression each group and individual has on America as a country, no matter how insignificant they may feel. Because this ability to help our nation grow and prosper is found in all of us, the demand for equality is made even greater. The illustrations support the message of uniting a people across the vast distances of the U.S. through their accomplishments.
I, Too, Am America is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and retails for $16.99 (hardcover). I read an advance readers copy supplied by the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated). You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!