written by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

HarperCollins, 1993
ISBN 0-0602-1087-7

HarperTrophy, 1996
ISBN 0-0644-3439-7

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Shall I draw a magic landscape?
In the genius of my fingers
I hold the seeds.
Can I grow a painting like a flower?
Can I sculpture a future without weeds?

In these poems, Joyce Carol Thomas invites us to share in the pride and simple beauty which help us all to remember where we came from, to cherish who we are and to affirm our place in the world. This is a book of celebration for all ages to treasure.

Illustration © Floyd Cooper

Tea Pot

I am the pot that brews the potion
I take my time about boiling
Cozying up to the fire just so
I taste the water when I glow
Then inhale the stems, the twigs
and every crushed flower
Fragrant in their golden power
I feel so good
I sing

Kirkus Reviews:

A must. (Pointer review)

Publishers Weekly:

National Book Award winner Thomas celebrates the beauty and heritage of African Americans in a lyrical collection of poems.... Cooper's handsome paintings ... help emphasize the warmth and love that imbue the book.

Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book
Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
1994 Teachers' Choices (IRA)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing (NY Public Library)
1993 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)

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