LITERATURE
Perkins, Useni Eugene

Hey Black Child

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Perkins's 1993 poem asks a number of questions focused on the promise and potential of African American children--what they can learn or do, what they can be. Collier's trademark watercolor and collage illustrations show close-ups of black children that convey their strength, beauty, and belief in the poem's message. Though that message is on point and important, the delivery is didactic.

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