Just Like Me
Just Like Me
Publisher's Hardcover15.29
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Annotation: Presents a collection of poems about loving oneself the way one is, friendship, family life, exploring things, wearing a dress on a windy day, living in the city or the country, music, and other aspects of an African American girl's life.
Genre: [Poetry]
Catalog Number: #207938
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-525-58209-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-58209-0
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2018042624
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Brantley-Newton's vibrantly illustrated picture book offers an empowering yet playful collection of poems that explores the beauty and nuances of girlhood. Despite the girl-power through line, well over half of the poems apply to children of any gender. For instance, "Warrior" declares, "I am a warrior / willing to fight the good fight / Respectfully / with humanity / and lovingly." And while a multi-cultural group of girls jumps rope in "All in Together Girls," the message of this poem applies to all: "We all belong to the human race / Diversity will help us keep the pace." The mixed-media artwork shioned with paints, pastels, collage, handmade paper, and "lots of magic" atures relatable, detailed scenes that pop with color and diversity. The wide array of topics covered is evident in the poems' titles: "I Love My Body," "Pimples," "Explorer," "Gumbo Me," and "I Am a Canvas," to name a few. Bursting with positivity, this would be a great book to use in primary school classrooms when discussing issues of friendship, diversity, and self-esteem.
Horn Book
Each poem in this collection is narrated by a different young girl about some aspect of her identity that she celebrates ("I am a warrior / willing to fight the good fight"), worries over (loneliness, shyness, body acceptance), or simply enjoys ("I love a good Coca-Cola with peanuts inside"). In one poem, a child who feels excluded by her peers fights back by affirming her self-worth: "So why don't you just open the door / 'cause next time I'm kicking it down." The culminating piece is called "Paper Chain," and, as has been apparent throughout, each young woman is revealed as a link in a chain, unique in her own way but inextricably tied to the others--with diversity only strengthening their bonds. Brantley-Newton's distinctively textured and patterned mixed-media illustrations combine acrylic paint, gouache, charcoal, pencil, oil pastels, and handmade and collage papers ("and lots of magic") to portray scenes that are warm and sunny or more quiet and contemplative. Poems mainly home in on a single emotion or moment, and the illustrations perfectly capture each piece's sentiment through expressive facial expressions and body language.
Publishers Weekly
In this picture-book poetry collection, Brantley-Newton (Grandma-s Purse) writes in the voices of various girls, exploring themes such as community and identity (-I Am a Canvas-), simple pleasures (-Summer Loves-), and unavoidable troubles (-Pimples-). Ranging from a few lines to the length of a page, the poems are matched with bright, textured, mixed-media illustrations featuring a variety of girls-curly and straight haired, ethnically diverse, blemish dotted, glasses wearing, spunky, shy, lonely, and empowered-in highly relatable moments. One standout piece, -A Wish For Daddy,- departs from some of the sunnier themes to address a feeling of longing: a brown-skinned girl with braids watches the joyful interactions between a schoolmate and her grinning father: -She dances on his feet/ and he tells her she-s sweet/ I wish I had a daddy/ That would be so neat.- Thoughtful, inclusive, and celebratory, this collection encourages readers to look both inward and outward, and to use kindness as a link to -go/ higher and higher/ pulling each one up.- Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 This collection of 28 poems features bright and colorful illustrations depicting a variety of girls. Brantley-Newton's artwork pops with neon bright shades and interesting textiles, exuding a welcoming, cheerful vibe. The poems encourage girls to love their bodies and families, and to embrace their unique personalities. On the surface, this appears to be a work of feel-good poems for young readers; however, a handful of verses discuss topics that might deter some adults from using the book as a storytime read-aloud, like "Sundress Blues," in which a gust of wind exposes a girl's underwear. "A Wish for Daddy" shows a young girl who envies another girl's tender relationship with her father. There is a subtle reference to religion in "Memawh's Wisdom," where a girl is cautioned to make "the right choiceand keep the Good Book handyand don't forget to pray." Readers will appreciate the author's inclusive approach to the artwork (girls of many races are represented), though the illustrations are not diverse in terms of body type, physical ability, or gender expression. VERDICT A bright addition to refresh any poetry collection. Shannon O'Connor, Unami Middle School, Chalfont, PA
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Publishers Weekly
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Word Count: 1,576
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 508676 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: N

An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that's just for them.

I am a canvas
Being painted on
By the words of my family
And community

From Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of Grandma's Purse, comes a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds: girls who feel happy, sad, scared, powerful; girls who love their bodies and girls who don't; country girls, city girls; girls who love their mother and girls who wish they had a father. With bright portraits in Vanessa's signature style of vibrant colors and unique patterns and fabrics, this book invites readers to find themselves and each other within its pages.

"A dynamic, uplifting, and welcoming world of girls."--Kirkus 

"Thoughtful, inclusive, and celebratory"--Publishers Weekly

"Bursting with positivity, this would be a great book to use in primary school classrooms when discussing issues of friendship, diversity, and self-esteem."--Booklist

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