Donna Smith, at Mainely Write, is hosting this first Poetry Friday of July. Let the fireworks begin!
Because of the exciting news from the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, I looked for something to share that would celebrate all people, would toast our diversity. Lee Bennett Hopkins' anthology Amazing Faces fits beautifully. I was also delighted to discover that the illustrations were done by Chris Soentpiet, whose presentation I was thrilled to see in February at my state reading conference. His process for the beautiful realistic acrylic paintings is amazing. He has models audition for He actually has models audition for what he believes are the needs of the work, takes many photos, stages the scenes, then does the layout, drawings, and then paintings. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and of course they should be because they are "amazing faces". I hope that you can find the book if you don't already own it, to read and see how beautifully it celebrates our country.
The opening poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich encompasses all people, the wish everyone has for their child.
Amazing, your face.
It shows there will be trails to follow,
porches to wave from, wonder from,
The remainder of the poem is here.
The poems and illustrations show a lovely group of people, mostly children, the hope of our world.
Finally, Langston Hughes ends the anthology with his poem My People, found here at the All-Poetry site. The first lines:
The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.
Enjoy and appreciate your Independence Day.