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The Resource Visiting Langston, Willie Perdomo ; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Visiting Langston, Willie Perdomo ; illustrated by Bryan Collier

Label
Visiting Langston
Title
Visiting Langston
Statement of responsibility
Willie Perdomo ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A poem to celebrate the African American poet, Langston Hughes, born on February 1, 1902
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • Perdomo (Where a Nickel Costs a Dime ) captures the excitement of an African-American girl anticipating a visit to the Harlem brownstone of Langston Hughes. The narrator, an aspiring writer, expresses her enthusiasm from the opening lines: "Today I'm going to wear/ My favorite pink blouse/ I'm going with my daddy/ To visit Langston's house." Throughout, Collier's (Uptown ) heady blend of watercolor and mixed media collage evokes the history of the writer's life and times. In the opening spread, a black-and-white painting depicting Jazz Era scenes hangs on the wall as the girl sits smiling on a couch, clutching a notebook and pen. In a kind of meditation on the poet, subsequent spreads incorporate elements of that painting, which hangs in the girl's living room: for instance, bass players and a pianist inhabit the space behind Langston at his typewriter ("Langston/ Langston/ Langston Hughes/ Wrote poems/ Like jazz"). Collier then shows the girl kneeling to read the paper in Hughes's typewriter. In the end, Perdomo adds a twist: the girl and her father stand before the doors of Langston's house and the opening lines repeat; she sits on the couch in the next spread but, this time, her notebook is open. "Langston/ Langston," says the girl. "I write poetry/ Just like Langston Hughes." Is she writing about the trip she just made? Or is she imagining the visit to come? An opening note provides a brief biographical sketch. An inspired—and inspiring—introduction to the legendary writer. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) FYI: Langston Hughes would have celebrated his 100th birthday on February 1. This and two other titles commemorate his life and work: Love to Langston by Tony Medina, illus. by R. Gregory Christie (Lee & Low, reviewed Dec. 17, 2001) and Langston Hughes: American Poet by Alice Walker, illus. by Catherine Deeter (HarperCollins/Amistad, reviewed Nov. 19, 2001). --Staff (Reviewed January 21, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 3, p89)
  • /* Starred Review */ A little girl is going with her daddy to visit the home of Langston Hughes. She too is a poet who writes about the loves of her life—her mommy and daddy, hip-hop, hopscotch, and double-dutch, but decidedly not kissing games. Langston is her inspiration because his poems make her "dreams run wild." In simple, joyful verse Perdomo tells of this "Harlem girl" from "Harlem world" whose loving, supportive father tells her she is "Langston's genius child." The author's own admiration for Hughes's artistry and accomplishments is clearly felt in the voice of this glorious child. Langston's spirit is a gentle presence throughout the description of his East 127th Street home and his method of composing his poetry sitting by the window. The presentation is stunning. Each section of the poem is part of a two-page spread. Text, in yellow, white, or black, is placed either within the illustrations or in large blocks of color along side them. The last page of text is a compilation of titles of Hughes's poems printed in shades of gray in a myriad of fonts. Collier's (Martin's Big Words, 2001, etc.) brilliantly complex watercolor-and-collage illustrations provide the perfect visual complement to the work. From the glowing vitality of the little girl, to the vivid scenes of jazz-age Harlem, to the compelling portrait of Langston at work, to the reverential peak into Langston's home, the viewer's eye is constantly drawn to intriguing bits and pieces while never losing the sense of the whole. In this year of Langston Hughes's centennial, this work does him great honor. (Poetry. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
117205
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Perdomo, Willie
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
NP
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
1.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Collier, Bryan
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hughes, Langston
  • Hughes, Langston
  • African American poets
  • Children's poetry, American
  • Poets
  • African Americans
  • American poetry
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Visiting Langston, Willie Perdomo ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
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
422879
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805067446
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001003537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805067446
  • (Sirsi) ADE-6523
Label
Visiting Langston, Willie Perdomo ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
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
422879
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805067446
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001003537
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805067446
  • (Sirsi) ADE-6523

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