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My People by Langston Hughes

My People (edition 2009)

by Langston Hughes, Charles R. Smith Jr. (Illustrator)

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Title:My People
Authors:Langston Hughes
Other authors:Charles R. Smith Jr. (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2009), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Langston Hughes, photography, pride, poems

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My People by Langston Hughes




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My people is a tribute poem to those which Hughes refers to as his people. The poem is illustrated through photographs that are taken in a sepia coloring. The photographer, Smith, interprets the passion and glory of being a black American today.

Poetry can be hard to introduce to a young reader, but Hughes does a great job of doing so with "My People." The book was awarded in 2010 with the Coretta Scott King Book Award which is an award based on the illustrator. The interest level of this book would be for those of the ages of preschool to third grade. Great book to introduce the poetry genre to young readers. ( )
  acahil3 | Nov 2, 2014 |
At first when I read the book My People, I was a little confused as to the meaning of it and why the words were not complete sentences. I had to read the passage "Who Are My People?" in the back of the book to learn that this book has more to it than what meets the eye. This was a poem that was broken up and pictures were added to convey meaning. After understanding that this was a poem, I reread the book and I realized that it is very powerful and I loved it. It has a comparison of different elements from nature. For example, he begins with stating how the night is beautiful and says that so are my people. I think that this is a powerful book that can be encouraging for African American children and people who read it. It can be a sense of empowerment letting them know that all they are different that they are beautiful and that being different in this case is being unique. This book is an easy read with only 33 words and can be read by and to younger children. However, the deeper meaning and understanding of the book may only be able to be understood by children who are a little older. Overall this book recited an amazing poem and had pictures that were of importance for each line of the poem.

A good read for younger children but the content is for older children. ( )
  abenne6 | Oct 3, 2014 |
This was a beautiful ensemble of incredible pictures intertwined with Langston Hughes’ famous poem, “My People”. This is an easy to read poem, but maybe content that cannot truly be understood for younger readers. I think this story is a poetry/picture book for readers more appropriate for 3rd or 5th graders, but younger readers could enjoy the photographs. I think this is a great poem with a central message of pride, self-esteem, and appreciated for your heritage. I loved this book because it was beautifully photographed, and the pictures really enhanced the words of the poem. This is a very empowering book, and I can imagine this book encouraging children to be proud of who they are and where they came from. I also liked the pictures because it is different from your average picture book. I liked that the author included powerful photographs, and I believe these could be just as powerful and engaging to younger readers as illustrations. ( )
  BeckieZimmerman | Apr 7, 2014 |
This poem is about the beauty of African-American people. My favorite part of this book was the photographs. They are of African-Americans from all different ages and correlate with certain words of the poem. For example, when the poem says “so the eyes of my people,” the photographs emphasize the eyes of the people in the pictures. The portrayal of African-Americans was very respectful of the culture. I also liked the simplicity of the poem. The meaning was very clear, that the African-American community is beautiful just like anything else that is beautiful in the world. In very few words the author expresses a profound message of the value of African-Americans. The combination of the photographs and words made this poem-picturebook a great contribution to children’s literature. ( )
  EmilySadler | Apr 2, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this poetry book by Langston Hughes. First, I really enjoyed that all the illustrations took the form of photographs of real people. I think this helped to display Hughes’ message to the reader. Secondly, I enjoyed the use of repetition throughout the poem. For example, the phrases “beautiful also” and “of my people” are repeated several times throughout the poem. The main message of this poetry is that all people are beautiful no exceptions. ( )
  kjacob9 | Mar 24, 2014 |
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To Charles R. Smith, the original, and all of My People
--C.R.S. Jr.
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The night is beautiful,
so the faces of my people.
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Curriculum Connection:
2nd grade Reading Standard: 2. Reading for All Purposes
Concepts and skills students master: 1. Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading v. Identify how word choice (sensory details, figurative language) enhances meaning in poetry.
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Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.… (more)

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