Academic journal article Language Arts

Lullaby (for a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes

Academic journal article Language Arts

Lullaby (for a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes

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Lullaby (for a Black Mother): A Poem by Langston Hughes Written by Langston Hughes Illustrated by Sean Qualls Harcourt Children's Books, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-547-36265-6

"My little dark baby,/My little earth-thing,/My little love-one,/What shall I sing/For your lullaby?" So begins Hughes's ephemeral poem detailing the depths of love between an African American mother and her baby. Enchanting endpapers of starry skies on a sky-blue backdrop envelop this book. Hughes's lyrical, inspired language is beautifully mirrored through imaginative paint and collage illustrations that capture exuberance and tenderness. The mother is gentle, peaceful, and nurturing-in action and expression-as she seeks to soothe her baby through song. The baby is perceptive, secure, and joyful-responsive to his mother and his enticingly imaginative nighttime travels. He is swung through "A necklace of stars," dances happily as the night glitters and music soars, and hovers in the sky with the "Great diamond moon," cradled in his mother's arms, before "Kissing the night" with her in silhouette. …

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