The Undefeated

The Undefeated

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"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781328780966
Branch Call Number: J 811 Ale
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir - Illustrator


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IndyPL_JosephL Aug 11, 2019

A beautiful and powerful poetic anthem to Afro-American strength, the struggles that have been overcome, and the hope for an even better future. Kadir Nelson's gorgeous images perfectly match the highs and lows of Kwame Alexander's dynamic poem.

DPLjosie Apr 29, 2019

Amazing. Beautiful. Powerful. This is art at its most impactful.

CMLibrary_dgaines Apr 17, 2019

This book is beautifully written and Kadir Nelson's illustrations are perfect as always

PimaLib_AnnieW Apr 11, 2019

As a librarian (and, specifically, a children's librarian), I have read MANY MANY MANY books. Some of them have really moved me. This one actually gave me chills. It is a powerful, beautifully written and illustrated ode to African-American heroes both past and present. "The unspeakable. The unspeakable. The unspeakable." If this book doesn't win awards, it will be an absolute travesty. Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson are both gifts, as is this book.

OPL_MichelleC Apr 11, 2019

The picture book had a real effect on me. A powerful poem paired with beautiful illustrations.


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