Deshawn Days (Tony Medina) pdf, epub, doc

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Lexile: NP/Non-prose
Genre: Poetry/Multicultural
POV: From Deshawn
Setting: Deshawn's neighborhood, seems to be NYC
Character: Deshawn, his friends

In this book of beautifully illustrated poetry, complete with depictions of Deshawn's neighborhood, his grandmother who he writes often about, his sister, and his reenactment of an 80s hip-hop star, Deshawnmakes sense of very big ideas. Concepts of war, poverty, gang violence, graffiti, ethnically diverse friendships, losing a family member, and tight-knit relationships with his mother are central to his poems. The thing is, war and poverty can be difficult to incorporate into younger children's poetry because we think of them as mature concepts. Yet, the author, Tony Medina, writes in such a way that these concepts are easy to understand. They sound like they are coming from a very observant, self-aware 10 year old boy. The writing is not limited by these heavy topics because throughout the book, poems of love and appreciation fill the page. Deshawn speaks of the comforting feeling of being in his mothers arms, or the confidence he gets when he's busting a rap with his friends.

Main ideas: He writes about his "block", and how much he loves the people on his block. This book emphasizes community unity, accountability, the importance of maintaining your roots and maintaining tight relationships with your family, and seeking out your passions and interests.

Personal reaction/why I would use it: This has to be one of my favorite children's poetry discoveries. The poems themselves are written in such a way that there is little rhyme scheme and there is more focus on repetition. In this sense, students can be exposed to poetry that shows them that a poetry doesn't have to rhyme to be called a poem!

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