Beautifully written and crafted. Thought provoking line by line. Here are a few lines from the poem, “On Bully Patrol” I wanted to comment on:
Worse yet–again, like–my child tarries
over each assigned task far too long,
ever seeking impossible perfection in
the doing of it. Never mind that the
symmetry she desires is beyond the human depth.
I sigh, recalling the ultimate value of
such doggedness, the strength implied, the
sturdy beauty of a stubborn seed.
I bet Grimes “tarried” over the task of writing this book. And how ever long it took her to accomplish this, thank you Ms. Grimes. Even though Grimes may feel it’s imperfections, I feel she achieved the “impossible perfection”. She was able to teach me, a Caucasian, the feelings of how an African American living in Harlem felt–“beyond human depth”. This book was probably her “stubborn seed” but I see the “sturdy beauty” of it.
This book will not be a read aloud for my 2017-2018 students. This book will serve as a mentor text. I can not wait to share and study the beauty of this book with my students.
Do I think it is a 2018 Newbery contender? Yes
Is a contender as a read aloud for my 2017-2018 class? No, because I will be using this a mentor text rather than a read aloud.