Recently I have been sorting the many books I have collected through the years and couldn't believe how many I have that have been signed by the author or illustrator. Some are inscribed to me personally and some are just signed....either way it is an impressive amount. Today's book is just one of the many books that I have inscribed to me personally. As I flipped through the book I realized it would make a perfect book to recommend at any time but especially during Black History Month.
blues journey by Walter Dean Myers and beautifully illustrated by Christopher Myers is the story of the African American experience told through poetry and the history of the blues. Mr Myers poems have the same rhythm as a blues melody. This is a picture book for an older child to read and learn about the "blues". The poems are mix of complex and simple thoughts regarding love and life. I love how the son's images match his father's words to make a visual impact for the reader. I would give this to an older child even as old as High School or even an adult who loves music and history. It is a great teaching tool for students to learn a different perspective of African American history.
Side note that is a bit interesting (at least to me)....Walter Dean Myers and my sister Ann E. Burg have both been nominated for an NAACP Image Award this year in the Literature Category for Outstanding Literary Work- Youth / Teens: Mr Myers for his book Invasion and my sister for her book Serafina's Promise. Such a small world.....
This is an inscription I treasure: