Friday, December 4, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Buffy's Blog.

My selection for today is "Keep Climbing, Girls" by Beah E. Richards with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.

This poem, which first appeared in "A Black woman Speaks: And Other Poems" by the late actor and poet Beah Richards, is reintroduced to young readers in this picture book format by illustrator Gregory Christie. 

Keep Climbing, Girls speaks to female equality as portrayed by a young African American girl who is determined to climb to the highest branches of a tree on her own terms despite the admonitions of her observers. Vernacular speech creates a distinctive voice for Miss Nettie as she attempts to convince the young girl to be careful for fear she'll become a tomboy with tomboy scars. Certainly there is a risk, but the young heroine's confidence and determination is stronger than her fear of danger.


Buffy Silverman said...

Sounds like a wonderful book--thanks for introducing it (from a former tomboy who spent much of her childhood in trees!)

Mary Lee said...

An important book, indeed.

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