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The Resource Keep climbing, girls, by Beah E. Richards ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie ; introduction by LisaGay Hamilton

Keep climbing, girls, by Beah E. Richards ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie ; introduction by LisaGay Hamilton

Label
Keep climbing, girls
Title
Keep climbing, girls
Statement of responsibility
by Beah E. Richards ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie ; introduction by LisaGay Hamilton
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The only way to make a bid for a girl's equality is to climb right up to the toppermost bough of the very tallest tree. The dynamic ode to girl power was written by noted Afro-American actor, poet, and playwright Beach E. Richards. First published in 1951, her poem is given new life in this edition that includes an introduction by LisaGay Hamilton and stunning illustrations by R. Gregory Christie. With its inspirational messsage, this book will empower children with the realization that "the path of life goes up and up/not down!"
Tone
Illustration
Award
Amelia Bloomer List, 2007
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 3 –In this picture-book rendition of Richards’s 1951 poem of the same name, girls are urged to “keep climbing” no matter what obstacles get in the way. Bold gouache illustrations create a beguiling green-and-gold landscape with an irresistible tree and a determined little girl who climbs it higher and higher with every page turn. Stern and frightened Miss Nettie tries coaxing the child out of the tree, using scare tactics of broken necks and taunts of tomboy. “But a little girl victorious/can’t hide her childish glee,/to see Miss Nettie so put out/that she, a girl, could climb a tree.” An introduction by LisaGay Hamilton gives readers more information about the poem and Richards, an African-American actor, playwright, and poet who set her own sights high and faced plenty of challenges along the way. This work helps to encourage and bolster up young girls as they begin to make their way in the world.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA --Julie Roach (Reviewed February 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 2, p124)
  • With good humor and love, this poem by the late African-American actress Richards suggests a strategy for girls who believe that boys "have the upper hand." The author asserts that "the only way to make a bid/ for a girl's equality/ is to climb right up to the toppermost bough/ of the very tallest tree." Christie's (Only Passing Through ) boldly brushed gouache spreads show the nimble girl in pigtails and a yellow dress, seated high up in a nest of branches, while a concerned Miss Nettie yells from below. First, the woman warns the young heroine of physical harm, then threatens the loss of beauty. "You're... going to have a tomboy's scars." Christie zooms in on the girl at her perch, depicting her reactions to Miss Nettie's cries. Triumphant, calculating, sure of herself, she's a portrait of self-confidence. Miss Nettie's threats bring more scandalized-looking women to her porch, but the girl keeps climbing ("a little girl victorious/ can't hide her childish glee,/ to see Miss Nettie so put out/ that she, a girl, could climb a tree"). Scolded by Miss Nettie that night, the girl bows her head, but the next morning, her thoughtful sideways look at another tree proves she's not cowed: "The moral is: Keep climbing, girls,/ and let no one prevent you!" Sometimes girls have to buck strangers in the battle to succeed; just as often, this tale hints, they have to rebel against those who love them most. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed January 23, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 4, p207)
  • First published in 1951 by the late actress and poet, Keep Climbing, Girls gets renewed energy from the strong gouache images of Christie and the introduction from Hamilton. The story, with its percussive rhyme, is simple: Miss Nettie calls to the girl in her charge to get down out of the tree she's climbed. However, the unnamed little girl already knows "little boys have the upper hand / in this world." Despite Miss Nettie's pleadings, she isn't about to surrender the view from the top of the tallest bough, except on her own terms. Black, brown, gold and green make the bold palette of matte colors and powerful shapes Christie uses to such good effect. Both a period piece and a shout-out of encouragement, this is sure to find a new, responsive audience. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
144764
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Richards, Beah E
Dewey number
811/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PS3568.I31515
LC item number
K44 2006
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
3.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Christie, R. Gregory
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Girls
  • Conduct of life
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Poetry
Target audience
preschool
Label
Keep climbing, girls, by Beah E. Richards ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie ; introduction by LisaGay Hamilton
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0631/2004029153-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
629023
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First Simon and Schuster edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416902645
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004029153
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416902645
  • (OCoLC)57342251
Label
Keep climbing, girls, by Beah E. Richards ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie ; introduction by LisaGay Hamilton
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0631/2004029153-d.html
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
629023
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First Simon and Schuster edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781416902645
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004029153
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416902645
  • (OCoLC)57342251

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