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Exquisite The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Written by Suzanne Slade

Illustrated by Cozbi Cabrera

Key Stage 2 Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics People / Places Poetry

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about real life. She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty-showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. 

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Exquisite The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Synopsis

Exquisite follows Gwendolyn from early girlhood into her adult life, showcasing her desire to write poetry from a very young age. This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression-all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject.

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950. And in 1958, she was named the poet laureate of Illinois.

A bold artist who from a very young age dared to dream, Brooks will inspire young readers to create poetry from their own lives.

Exquisite The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Press Reviews

This fine biography should ignite readers' interest in exploring Brooks's exquisite writing. --  Publishers Weekly

Cabrera's acrylic paint illustrations perfectly exemplify the title. . . A joyfully illustrated celebration of Brooks' good and important work. -- Kirkus 

The biography's awestruck, reverent tone is matched by the gorgeous acrylic paintings. . . A visually remarkable and inspiring introduction to the life of Gwendolyn Brooks. -- School Library Journal

Cabrera's strong, carefully composed acrylic illustrations beautifully evoke both the joy and the hardship in Brooks's everyday life and in the life of the community that inspired her. Slade's attention to detail, vigorous prose, and judicious use of the poet's own words make this biography, and its subject, stand out.  -- Horn Book Magazine

Book Information

ISBN: 9781419734113
Publication date: 7th April 2020
Author: Suzanne Slade
Illustrator: Cozbi Cabrera
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers an imprint of Abrams
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Politics & Law, People / Places, Poetry, Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of many books for children, including several about other groundbreaking women, such as Dangerous Jane and A Computer Called Katherine. Slade lives in Libertyville, Illinois. Cozbi A. Cabrera holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has illustrated several books for children and is also well known for her handmade cloth dolls. Cabrera lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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