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Keep Climbing, Girls

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 African American actor, poet, and playwright Beah 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 message, this book will empower children with the realization that "the path of life goes up and up/not down!"

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"The poem, which appeared in A Black Woman Speaks (1974) by African American actress and writer Beah Richards, effectively uses vernacular speech to create a distinctive voice, while making a feminist point. Similarly, Christie creates a series of strong gouache paintings that define the characters through posture and gesture. Bold brush strokes create a landscape simplified to its essence, providing a backdrop in which the characters' body language speaks volumes. Though the book is classified as poetry, the brevity of the text and the clarity of the art make this a vivid picture book as well, and one that might be read aloud to older groups for discussion." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Beah E. Richards
ISBN 1416902643
Publication Date Jan 3, 2006
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Language English