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I Can Write the World

By Joshunda Sanders
Illustrated by Charly Palmer
Publisher: Six Foot Press Copyright Year: 2019 ISBN/ISSN: 9781644420010

Review

Eight-year-old Ava Murry lives in the Bronx, New York, and wants to grow up to be a journalist and write about the world she loves living in as she sees it, not as the negative atmosphere that newscasters report as her life. The text is accompanied by lush, graffiti like paintings by Charly Palmer that consist of bold colors and geometric shapes, a style inspired by his childhood exposure to Ezra Jack Keats stories. Ava's story plays out in her classroom where she shares her perceptions that her beautiful community and neighborhood are not fully understood by the mainstream media. Unconventional punctuation, such as the absence of periods, identify this book as a narrative poem, lending a dramatic tone to the oral reading of the text. Regardless of the viewpoint, the story conveys a sense of pride and care exhibited by Ava and her intuitive mother that crosses ethnic and economic boundaries and which will inspire readers to carefully reexamine their own surroundings rather than automatically accept what others tell them about their condition. This book provides is a timely and valuable message in this age of 24/7 news coverage.

Reviewer: Josie Stanmyre, Retired Elementary Librarian, Fairfax County Public Schools, Reston, VA
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): K-2
Review Date: November 1, 2019

Product Description

Eight-year-old Ava Murray wants to know why there's a difference between the warm, friendly Bronx neighborhood filled with music and art in which she lives and the Bronx she sees in news stories on TV and on the Internet. When her mother explains that the power of stories lies in the hands of those who write them, Ava decides to become a journalist.

I Can Write the World follows Ava as she explores her vibrant South Bronx neighborhood - buildings whose walls boast gorgeous murals of historical figures as well as intricate, colorful street art, the dozens of different languages and dialects coming from the mouths of passersby, the many types of music coming out of neighbors' windows and passing cars. In reporting how the music and art and culture of her neighborhood reflect the diversity of the people of New York City, Ava shows the world as she sees it, revealing to children the power of their own voice.


Media Type Book, eBook
Binding HC
# Pages 40
Price 18.95
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC) K-2
Genre Children's Books
Sub-Genre Picture Books
Content Subject 1 Community & Everyday Life
Content Subject 2 Culture & Diversity
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Entry ID: 2213185