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My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes

My Man Blue (edition 2002)

by Nikki Grimes, Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)

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Title:My Man Blue
Authors:Nikki Grimes
Other authors:Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
Info:Perfection Learning (2002), Hardcover, 30 pages
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Tags:Children's, poetry

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My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes


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This book is filled with poems about the life of a boy growing up in the inner city. It displays how choosing right over wrong is so important even when faced with peer pressure. Great book to share with youth. ( )
  mhilary | Mar 14, 2015 |
Poems about a father and son and how the father helps the son.
  tina265 | Mar 27, 2014 |
This book is in poetry form about the friendship between a young boy and his friend Blue, who on the outside looks questionable, but is really a sincere and nice man. ( )
  LainaBourgeois | Mar 14, 2012 |
This is a wonderful example of a realistic fiction book. Everything that happens in the story could happen in real life, and the characters and setting are totally believable. No part of the plot line seems over-exaggerated, or out of the ordinary. The theme of family and sticking together is obvious and presented strong throughout the story. ( )
  Leah08 | Jan 14, 2011 |
Library Thing Part D #1 Poetry
Grimes, Nikki, and Jerome Lagarrigue. My Man Blue: Poems. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Print.

Nikki Grimes published My Man Blue in 1999 with powerful illustrations in acrylic and Carson paper by Jerome Lagarrigue. His illustrations in dark rich contrasting colors is integral to the poetry narrative from a child’s perspective. The fourteen poems that make up the book are rhythmic with alliteration and consonance and external and internal rhyme. I greatly enjoy Nikki Grimes creations, as always, she packs heavy emotion and images in a few lines with just a few words. This title has poems that exude a tone of confidence and affection that lead into an empowering mood. The mood is a rhythmic message that speaks of the importance of a nurturing male role model and the value of a father in a child’s growing up years.
A young boy about 6 or 7 years old, and his mother move to a new location. They move back to her childhood neighborhood in the inner city. She meets Blue, a childhood friend, who also returned to the neighborhood. She introduces her son to Blue and slowly the boy and Blue develop a trusting and nurturing relationship. In the concluding poem, “Like Blue”, the young boy admires Blue and wants to emulate Blue’s steadfastness: “The one who says he cares and shows it”. This title does not patronize childhood nor is it didactic. I would definitely include several copies of this title in a school library. Curriculum connection is language arts . ( )
  nzfj | Aug 15, 2010 |
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For Evan and Bryan Green, two wonderful sources of inspiration. N.G.
For Lillian and Jean Lagarrigue. Thanks to "Bam Bam" and Earles Field for having inspired me. To my entire family and close ones. J.L.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142301973, Paperback)

Blue lost one boy to the streets and is determined that this time will be different. And Damon knows that even though he's the "man of the house," there's room for a friend like Blue in his life. At the end of the day, Damon has someone standing steadfast in his corner. Someone true . . . like Blue. Nikki Grimes's moving poems and Jerome Lagarrigue's bold paintings create an emotional and realistic bond of friendship between a man and a boy in a rough world.

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A collection of poems describes a young boy's life with his working mother as he establishes his own identity and develops a close relationship with his mother's friend, Blue.

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