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Hopscotch love : a family treasury of love poems
Grimes, Nikki.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
39 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
A collection of more than twenty poems speaking of different kinds of love.
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Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.1 2 Quiz: 32669 Guided reading level: R.
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PS3557.R489982 H67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PS3557.R489982 H67 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Twenty-two poems celebrate the different faces of love within the African-American community. There's something here for every age and every taste, from sweet to sassy to sentimental. A perfect gift of love for anyone, anytime, on any occasion.

Author Notes

Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. She began writing poetry at age six and is well-known for writing award-winning books primarily for children and young adults. Bronx Masquerade and Talkin' About Bessie both won Coretta Scott King Awards, and her poetry collections featuring Danitra Brown are very popular. Grimes received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006.

She has written articles for magazines including Essence and Today's Christian Woman, as well as hosted radio programs in New York and Sweden. She has lectured and read her poetry at schools in Russia, China, Sweden, and Tanzania. Grimes is also a prolific artist, creating works of fiber art, beaded jewelry, peyote beading, handmade cards, and photography.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-7. A long way from Grimes' tough, poignant YA novel Jazmin's Notebook, (1998), these 22 upbeat one-or two-page verses are mainly greeting-card sentimental, with a few funny vignettes and lots of warm affection. Melodye Benson Rosales' smiling pictures show young teens exchanging notes and cheeky glances; there are also a couple of "graying sweethearts" and a joyful mother and small son. In one piece, father and son confront a bad report card and stay the best of friends. "Sister Love" hints at a poignant story: in a group home two sisters "dream of adoption," but when there's a chance, the nice lady only has room for one, and one sister won't leave the other one behind. The lines are short; the words are very simple. The red cover and creamy pages fit with the valentine cuddly style. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A fresh celebration of love based on the African-American experience. The 22 selections run the gamut of all types of affection, from teenaged crushes to the feelings between siblings and the bonds between children and their parents. Bittersweet poems describe relationships between elderly relatives, as "Uncle Willis" looks after his sickly wife and a gray-haired couple enjoy a memory-filled moment: "The graying sweethearts/Young once more/Whirl and dance/Across the floor." There is even a poem about the love Medgar Evers shared with his wife. All of the poetry is simple, written with everyday language in a straightforward style that needs no analysis or search for symbolism. Many of the poems are free verse and have a first-person narrator. Grimes has expressed a wide range of emotions in this collection, and each poem validates the importance of love in that situation. Rosales's warm illustrations, rendered in pastel pencils on acrylic-and-oil paints, reflect the mood of each selection. Some of the paintings are framed like cameos, adding to the intimacy of the words. Red-heart accents near the page numbers and red titles on cream paper complete the look. This small treasury will lift readers' spirits and touch their hearts.-Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.