Friday, November 2, 2018

Fact Friday: Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright by Nina Crews

Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright. Biography and illustrations by Nina Crews. Unpgd. Millbrook Press/ Lerner Publishing, February, 2018. 9781512418651. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher via SLJ Leadership Summit.)

Happy Friday TMS readers! Fact Friday features Seeing into Tomorrow: haiku by Richard Wright. Photographic-artist, Nina Crews learned of a collection of thousands of haiku that African American author, Richard Wright wrote in the years prior to his untimely death at age 52. Crews sifted through them and chose twelve to illustrate with her signature photo-collage technique. The result is a joyous celebration of the curiosity, hope and potential of black boys. Crews also introduces readers to the famous writer in the way of a short biography at the end of the collection.

Haiku by their nature, are accessible. This is a perfect introduction of an important writer for young readers.

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