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Langston Hughes

Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Poetry Picture Book

Ages 5 and up

Simon and Schuster, 2009, 1-4169-3540-1

  In 1923 Langston Hughes, the African-American poet, wrote a poem that later came to be called “My People.” The poem is only thirty-three words long and in it Langston Hughes invites his readers to see “his people” through fresh eyes. He invites them to see how beautiful they are, comparing them to the night, the stars, and the sun. Not only are their faces and eyes beautiful, but their souls are too.

  Using stunning full page sepia photographs, Charles R. Smith Jr, beautifully captures the essence of Langston Hughes’ poem. His photos show people of all ages and of all kinds smiling, laughing, and being themselves. They are indeed beautiful.

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