A girl like me

Angela Johnson, 1961-

Book - 2020

"Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color" --

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Minneapolis : Millbrook Press 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781541557772
1541557778
Main Author
Angela Johnson, 1961- (author)
Other Authors
Nina Crews (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Poet Johnson (Heaven) bridges fanciful aspirations and attainable goals in this inclusive portrait of girlhood. "I always dream" opens the airy, free-verse narrative. In collages superimposing crisp photos against swirling abstract backdrops, Crews (Seeing into Tomorrow) portrays a girl flying through the air in a red cape, another walking atop skyscrapers, and a third swimming in the ocean, becoming "part of the waves," while onshore onlookers holler, "A girl like you needs to/ stay out of the water/ and be dry,/ like everyone else." The collaborators bring the tone down to earth as the kids react to unseen naysayers who discourage their dreams. In affirmations of their spirit of curiosity and adventure, the girls don vibrant clothing and funky hats as they skip down city streets and frolic by the ocean, always "thinking/ way up/ high/ and making/ everything/ better than/ the dream." The book concludes with a roundup of the subjects and personal statements about their personalities, favorite things, and ambitions, inviting readers' own self-reflections. A blithe celebration of individuality, guts, and sisterhood. Ages 5–10. Author's agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator's agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Black girls lead the way in this story about defining oneself and making the world a better place. Three girls take turns sharing their dreams about flying high, standing tall, and being free. Each girl's dream is scuttled by people telling her that "a girl like you" should not be doing the amazing things she does in her dreams, that "a girl like you" should be like everyone else. "Once I dreamed I swam/the ocean/and saw everything deep,/cool/ and was part of the waves. I swam on by the people/onshore hollering, 'A girl like you needs to/stay out of the water/and be dry,/like everyone else.'" The three boldly take charge of their dreams. They gather the capes, hats, and scarves that represent them and expand their visions to include other girls as they proudly take up space in the world, sure of their value and confident in their power to create real-world change. Crews's signature photo-collage style is the perfect artistic choice for this book, using photos of real girls and beautiful cityscapes in combination with recurring shapes, textures, and symbols that tie the dreamy spreads in with the real-world ones. VERDICT An excellent addition for all collections.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A celebration of girls encourages readers to reject limitations and follow their dreams.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep,cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore /hollering, / 'a girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry /like everyone else.'"Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.