One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

by Nikki Grimes

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"One Last Word is the work of a master poet." --Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover

From the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes an emotional, special new collection of poetry inspired by the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most exciting African-American illustrators.

Inspired by the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, bestselling author Nikki Grimes uses "The Golden Shovel" poetic method to create wholly original poems based on the works of master poets like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Jean Toomer, and others who enriched history during this era.

Each poem is paired with one-of-a-kind art from today's most exciting African American illustrators--including Pat Cummings, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, and many more--to create an emotional and thought-provoking book with timely themes for today's readers.

A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well.

A 2017 New York Public Library Best Kids Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017, Middle Grade
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017, Nonfiction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619635555
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,002,961
File size: 48 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. She lives in Corona, California.
Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book, What is Goodbye?, the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

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doowatt34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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CloverHillReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest about the cover on this - the Amazon picture on the left really doesn't do it justice at all. The colour of the hard backed cover of the case is an antique yellow, with very intricate and eye catching illustrations on both sides, and mini illustrations of a couple of the storytelling cards on the middle of the cover. This review is for the starter storytelling pack. Additional Storyworld cards are available, (reviews to follow on a couple).This was a pure delight to open. Both of the Young Reviewers were in awe from the moment they opened the package, which is always a fantastic start! The top opens like a book; the first half contains a book within it's dvd type cardboard holder, whilst the bottom half contains the 40 gorgeous Storyworld cards. This is a total work of art from start to finish, and is exceptionally well presented.The idea behind this is so simple, and very worthwhile. Beautifully illustrated cards are used as prompts to aid in storytelling. The included storytelling book details how the 40 cards could be used, along with more in depth ideas for each of them. On the reverse of each card is a brief description, along with three questions to help storytellers to use them as an aid in their stories. Each card is stunning. That's the only word that describes them for me.The cards have enough detail to help even the most shyest storyteller want to have a go. I can say this confidently as a parent. Our youngest reviewer who's 4, loves stories. He loves listening to them and preempting what is coming - as long as he knows the story. Since these arrived, every night he's not just wanted stories. He's wanted to *make* stories and rushes upstairs in anticipation of it! I love it. Whilst I'm not suggesting all children will behave in this way, Storyworld is becoming a fantastic part of our evening, and has brought everything from fairies to knights and rainbows into our childrens imagination and storytelling. It's giving them the confidence to think about how a story is made up, to learn from each other, and to share, whilst encouraging them to expand on their skills.I haven't used the book that came with the cards much at the moment, I didn't want to be too rigid. It's worked well so far and the cards are so detailed we've all found a new story to tell (and yes, us adults take part too each evening). For usability these are great. As a parent I always look for value for money in things we use regularly...this has by far exceeded my expectations, and there's a lot more stories to come yet!In summary, this is truly stunning, with beautiful illustrations on each and every of the 40 tell your own story cards, presented in a book presentation format and ready to use, alongside a storytelling book. Storyworld provides the inspiration. The only thing needed is a tiny bit of imagination and you're away.A few words from Harry, 4:I like all of it! A few words from Shaun, 8:Very, very, very good. I like being able to make up my own stories using the cards.
TheoClarke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five slight but enjoyable fairy tales are presented with a post modernist commentary ostensibly by Dumbledore. The commentary provides a vehicle for knowing mockery of Rowling's characters and the world of Hogwarts by their creator. I am not convinced that the jokes bear repetition, however, and the core tales do not merit a second reading by me.
helenalex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminded me how much I love JK Rowling's writing - Dumbledore's wry asides and playful humour made me laugh out loud more than once. The strong female characters - so rare in fairy tales - are a bonus.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rowling... What can I say, really? The woman knows how to write, and does it well. Reading this collection of fabricated fairy tales/fables was just like picking up an old Grimm collection, or an old edition of Aesop. Rowling clearly did her research before putting this together, and paid close attention to how the old tales were formulated for tone, plot, characters, setting, and delivery. She manages to deliver her own short tales with exquisite precision, crafted carefully to resemble an ancient tome of traditional stories. In short? I loved it. I greatly admire Rowling for her ability to research and then turn her acquired knowledge into entertaining fiction.
Figgles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice little adjunct to the Harry Potter canon, the stories are good, the commentary and footnotes amusing and I now have the urge to go back and read Deathly Hallows to remember how it all fits together. Also all the profit is going to charity so there is not hint of the author desparately trying to spin out their theme.
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of five stories (The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump, The Tale of the Three Brothers) set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. They are short fairy tales as told by the fictional Beedle the Bard, with notes by Dumbledore and J.K. Rowling.An extremely quick and entertaining read, Rowling gives a modern take on the fairy tale genre. These are tales of folly, of ignorance and of tolerance and wisdom. Each is totally original, yet rings true in the tradition of old tales. A must for Harry Potter fans, recommended for anyone with a penchant for the whimsical.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fairy tales from the world of Harry Potter ¿ with commentary from Dumbledore. What I liked about this light and readable little book was the way in which the `themes¿ of the stories were explored in this commentary. I thought it was an interesting exercise to transplant the genre of the fairy tale or fable to another (known but fantastical) world, and to explore the way in which fairy tales might still be used to convey universal messages.
seldombites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This a charming little book that will be loved by child and adult alike. Like all fairy-tales, these stories all have a moral to the story but the morals are aimed at the unique challenges faced by wizards as opposed to us Muggles. I especially like Dumbledore's notes on each tale where we learn the history and other interesting titbits about the story or its author. My favourite story in this volume is The Wizard and the Hopping Pot. This tale about helping people and not being selfish will have your kids in fits of laughter. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a definite must-read, even if you aren't a Potter fan.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cleverly written with commentaries about the stories and how they relate to reality and what lessons are to be learned from the story. This is an interesting set of stories, written as if they were fairy tales for wizardling children, along with some quite humourous interpretations and discussions of the bowderdisations that occured, quite as if they had been written in the real world and the changes that would have happened to a story over time.The stories vary in quality. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot is probably my least favourite a story about sharing with others. The Fountain of Fair Fortune is all about learning to deal with life and that nothing is easy - one of my favourites. The Warlock's Hairy Heart is a bit gruesome, but would probably appeal to those who like their tales to end in nastyness.Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump is a clever tale of persecution and how a Witch evaded capture and changed some minds.The Tale of the Three Brothers is a wizardly warped story about the proverbial three brothers and tricking death.Overall not a bad set of stories. A nice look into the world of Harry Potter.
Lman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More analogous to sneaking a late-night snack than feeling replete from a satisfying meal ¿ though to many Harry Potter fans it will be eminently scrumptious fare ¿ The Tales of Beedle the Bard really was, at best to me, an insufficient tasty treat, albeit with a concession to the underlying charity in regards to the brevity of the work.

Merely five original tales penned by Beedle, translated by Hermione Granger, with distinctive annotation and discernment from the eminent Professor Albus Dumbledore, this book is, if somewhat brief, a sweet companion to the Potter saga. The messages within these handful of fairy tales, while slanted towards the wizarding world, are however, considerably pertinent to all: the destructiveness in the abuse of power; the benefits of working together, of using one¿s innate natural ability rather than reliance on special forces (read magic); and the necessity to believe in oneself ¿ warts and all!

The elucidations and musings by Dumbledore, as footnotes to the tales, along with his mildly acerbic commentary - on the history and the differing past responses to each, are as amusing and entertaining as the fables themselves; though I consider this more an avenue for Ms Rowling¿s analysis, if not censure. And the illustrations by the author are a nice addition to the feel of the volume.

Undoubtedly this book is conceived as a magical version to resemble classic Muggle fairy tales ¿ and as a companion to previous Potter books. Notwithstanding the philanthropic purpose in the marketing of the book, and regardless of the definite enjoyment it held, overall I was left feeling somewhat incomplete ¿ it was of no great import whether I had read this book or not. I¿m glad I did, but it is no matter if you don¿t.

(May 17, 2009)

ltjennysbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is another of those wee books J.K. Rowling writes for charities, bless her, and it¿s quite charming. Not because of the stories themselves ¿ nothing wrong with them, it¿s just tricky to write a wonderful fairy tale, and even trickier when you¿re not operating within traditional fairy tale conventions, and even trickier yet still when you are writing fairy tales purportedly for an audience comprised of witches and wizards. The stories are enjoyable enough, but what¿s really fun is Dumbledore¿s commentary on them. Dumbledore makes me smile. I miss Dumbledore. Why are there not more Harry Potter books than there are? I miss them all actually. And waiting for new ones to come out. That was fun. Why can¿t we have that bit over again?Anyway, Dumbledore¿s commentary ¿ he spends some time telling amusing stories about the stories (ah, metafiction, I love you when you do not disappoint and crush me), and even talks about a woman who supposedly rewrote these stories in dreadful twee ways. She reminded me of Enid Blyton.
elliepotten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slim, sweet hardback with stylised illustrations by J.K. Rowling herself. It's made up of five little fairy tales, each with a magical moral, with each tale followed by a short discourse by Albus Dumbledore. The tales are traditionally styled and each quite different, while 'Dumbledore's' commentary is amusing and gives new insights into the world we already know from the Harry Potter series. Rowling makes the wizarding world so plausible, it makes for a magical little read. A nice accompaniment to the series, and benefits the Children's High Level Group to boot, which is just the icing on the cake!
maidenveil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest from J.K. Rowling is a collection of children stories of Beedle the Bard for wizards and muggles alike.Thought to have been lost to the Wizarding World, Hermione Granger translated the copy left by Hogwarts former headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. The translated copy now comes with commentaries by the headmaster himself before his untimely demise.I loved reading this book. It took me a month before I got a copy and less than hour to read through it. Haha! Reading through it was enjoyable and sparked again the mixed emotion of missing the wizarding world and rewarding feeling that it's over. The commentaries by Dumbledore was both insightful and hilarious at the same time. He had a great personality and wisdom. It made me miss him. *sigh*My personal favorites are The Fountain of Fair Fortune and of course, The Tale of Three Brothers. The Tale of Hairy Heart is a bit serious, considering that the nature of the stories are for "children". Maybe this one is really for the not so young anymore.I missed reading Rowling stuffs. Honestly, she really has a flair for writing and her wits are amazing. Haha! Maybe she really can tap into the child in you. I know she somehow tapped into mine. ^o^ How I wish she could write more.ü
kabouter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Five 'fairytales' for witches and wizards. All are equally short (sometimes the notes from Dumbledore are longer than the story itself). The book contains 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'Babbitty Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump' and the tale that was used in the Harry Potter series: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers'.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd hoped to read this to my kids for bedtime stories, just as Mrs. Weasley did with her children. I guess wizarding children are made of stronger stuff than human kids, because I find the stories a bit too violent to share right before bedtime :) I loved Dumbldore's commentary. I enjoyed reading a bit of his scholarly research as we've heard over and over again what a brilliant scholar he was. Fun stuff!
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was not quite the awesome Harry Potter followup I was hoping for. Though it was cute, I'm sure I would not have read it had I not read the Harry Potter books. What J.K. Rowling needs to write is a sequel - the kind with a sequential plot. I guess this is sort of akin to how JRR Tolkien wrote four awesome books, and then approximately 100 million "Unfinished Tales" tangentially related to his work. While both Beedle the Bard, and Tolkien's Tales are interesting background material, they are not a new story, and I think that's what I, at least, continue to hope for. From Rowling at least. It is unfortunately too late for the other, due to a problem with, as a favorite website of mine would put it, author existence failure.
Moniica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: A collection of both heartwarming and thrilling magical fairy tales from the wizarding world. The famous Albus Dumbledore has also added additional notes on each fairy tale.My Opinion: A delightful collection of fairy tales which provides a closer look into the magical realm.
Shmuel510 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The only good reason to buy this book is that the profits go to charity. The tales themselves are just okay, and Dumbledore's commentary doesn't really ring true.
scarletsparks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So apparently, this book is what Dumbledore left Hermione as stated in his will, to help the trio destroy Lord Voldemort once and for all. I like all stories. Maybe I'm biased because I'm a Potterhead, but I do like them all. I especially enjoyed The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Tale of The Three Brothers. It's definitely a must-have for Harry Potter fans. It's so cute.
awidmer06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyAge Appropriateness: Primary/ IntermediateReview: This book is a good example of fantasy because the story includes talking and flying reindeer and dogs. The story is believable but would not occur in reality. In this story a dog, Olive, believes he is a reindeer and travels to the North Pole to fly with Santa on Christmas Eve. He ends up saving Christmas because he can perform things reindeer cannot, such as fetching falling flutes. Media: This book is a good example of mixed media because the pages contain various art mediums. All the elements compliment each other and create a great illustration on each page.
jakdomin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, this book is really on another level when it comes to entertainment through illustrations and detail. Even if there were no words this book would still be enjoyable. The story is broken up into small parts, but each part finds its way into the next. The narrator turns out to be a main character of the story which is really clever and the table of contents even has a story leading up to it. The font size correlates with the story and makes a statement itself. Puts a funny spin on most stories kids were probably already familiar with such and the Princess and the Frog, and Little Red Riding Hood, great modern fantasy.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is possibly my all-time favorite picture book. I was first introduced to it when my third grade teacher read parts of it aloud as a treat for the class. I thought it was the greatest thing ever back then. I still do!The appeal in the book is the reworking of well-known fairy tales and the comic interruptions by other characters. (Seriously, is the hen the funniest thing ever or what?) I think this book is probably one of the greatest influences on my sense of humor, and I can see how my enjoyment of The Stinky Cheese Man has turned into a love for Discworld and John Hodgman.(My favorite joke ever when I was eight years old was the screaming by the hen on the back cover with regards to the ISBN code. It still makes me laugh, seventeen years later!)Oh, also, because I almost forgot: this book is fantastic as an example of how with picture books, the experience starts with the cover and goes through every page to the back. I could easily see this being used in a university level literary theory course to show how paratextual information can be part of and change a reading.PS: The illustrations are pretty snazzy, too.
jl624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid talesThis book starts with a dialogue between an annoying red hen and Jack the narrator, followed by mocking the value of endpaper and title of books. It starts in a way that is very absorbing. The book has 9 stories, written in a humorous language. The old tales ended in a different way passes along educating information to both children and adults, while they also bring you laughter. It is a good book to read with your children. The stories in the book remind the readers about the world they are living in and how fairy tales could end in another way. The language is funny and absorbing. However, the illustration in the book could be too abstract for young children. Highly recommended for children above age 4 and adults.
servantHEART on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the table of contents falling from the sky to Little Red Running Shorts (a spin on Little Red Riding Hood), Jack the narrator takes you on a journey of fairly stupid tales. The stories are comical spins on traditional fantasy tales. An element of the book consists of a page left blank. This is an attempt by narrator Jack to allow the giant to continue is nap and ultimately trying to avoid being part of his afternoon snack.I enjoyed the interruptions of the hen and Jack, the narrator's rants about his need for book organization, but showing us (the readers) everything but an organized book. It turned into comedy. If a book starts out with the table of contents falling from the sky and reveals the true life of a very ugly duckling, not much more could be expected, but other fairly stupid tales.In the classroom, I would give the students string cheese as a teaser to produce anticipation for the Stinky Cheese Man story. I would use this opportunity for a creative writing exercise by instructing the students to create his/her own fairly stupid tale.