Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 by Lucille Clifton

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As a small boy's mother considers remarriage, he considers the numbers one, two, and three--sometimes they're lonely, sometimes crowded, but sometimes just right.
 

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Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York on June 27, 1936. She was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. She attended Howard University, where she majored in drama, for two years before deciding that she would rather write poetry. Her first poetry collection Good Times was published in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote 11 books of poetry and 20 children's books. She won numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for Everett Anderson's Good-bye in 1984, the National Book Award for Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000 in 2001, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize award in 2007. She was the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985. She died after a long battle with cancer and other illnesses on February 13, 2010 at the age of 73.
 
Published January 1, 1977 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A new someone/has come to stay/ and be a neighbor/ to 14A,/ Mr. Tom Perry/ who drives a bus./ 'He might,' Mama says,/ 'be a friend to us.'"" And indeed Mr. Perry becomes more than a friend to Mama, as Clifton relates in thirteen separate bits (three l's for Everett alone, four 2's about him and M...

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This collection of brief verses, first published in 1977, chronicles Everett's anxieties when his favorite twosome himself and Mama attracts a new neighbor who comes calling for Mama. With the spar

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""[But] I don't want to make it bad for Greg or for his mom and dad."" Finally, Everett tells his mother, who helps Everett ""to understand that one of the things he can do right now is listen to Greg and hug and hold his friend."" Grifalconi's muted illustrations poignantly evoke the fear a...

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This collection of brief verses, first published in 1977, chronicles Everett's anxieties when his favorite twosome himself and Mama attracts a new neighbor who comes calling for Mama.

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