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Cherish me
Thomas, Joyce Carol.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : HarperFestival, [1998]

Physical Description:
20 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
"For children discovering their individuality, this beautiful poem celebrates uniqueness, love, and self-awareness"-- Cover back.
General Note:
For ages 2 1/2 and up.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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From National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Thomas comes an uplifting message about identify and self-esteem. First published in her award-winning collection of poetry Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, this prose poem carries with it a heartfelt message for young children, who are just learning to appreciate their own unique and wonderful qualities. Illustrated with stunning watercolor paintings by Nneka Bennett, this picture books is filled with beauty and grace.

Author Notes

Joyce Carol Thomas was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma in May 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in education. She was a poet, playwright, and children's book author. Her first young-adult novel, Marked by Fire, was published in 1982 and won the National Book Award for children's fiction in 1983. Her other young adult novels include Bright Shadow and House of Light. Her illustrated poetry collections include The Blacker the Berry and Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, both of which were honored by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. In 1987, Marked by Fire was adapted into a gospel musical Abyssinia. She died from cirrhosis of the liver August 13, 2016 at the age of 78.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This nine-line descriptive poem celebrates the life of an African-American child. "I sprang up from mother earth/She clothed me in her own colors...As you would cherish a thing of beauty/Cherish me." Each illustrated line of verse occupies a double-page spread. While the flow of the book is smooth and graceful, the minimal action is in the art rather than in the text. Watercolor-and-pencil drawings expose a self-possessed little girl full of expression and energy. At the book's end, when she is seen embraced by a woman's loving arms, a feeling of elation is evident. A slight, unassuming book that exemplifies healthy self-esteem.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.