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Monday, December 17, 2012

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders - J. Patrick Lewis

Released January 2013

J. Patrick Lewis
Chronicle Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders is a collection of poetry for children. The poems capture many figures from the Civil Rights movement, and are told with vocabulary that will challenge, but not overwhelm, younger readers.

There are poems of people I've never heard of. Josh Gibson, a talented ball player, earns his place in the poem The Slugger.

"Our national pastime by the name
Of baseball was once mired in shame.
A prejudice-sized fear
Whitewashed the truth when history wrote
An unforgivable footnote--
The asterisk career."

There are poems for Ghandi, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, another baseball great, Jackie Robinson, and others. It's a great book for children who are learning about Civil Rights, and a fun way to introduce children to poetry.
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