Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes

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Zuri Jackson's best friend, Danitra Brown, wears only purple because she might be a princess, faces down bullies, rides her bike as if it had wings, and is definitely going to win the Nobel prize one day. In this spirited collection of poems, Grimes and Cooper have created two unforgettable little girls and a warm portrait of true friendship. Full color.

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Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. She began writing poetry at age six and is well-known for writing award-winning books primarily for children and young adults. Bronx Masquerade and Talkin' About Bessie both won Coretta Scott King Awards, and her poetry collections featuring Danitra Brown are very popular. Grimes received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006. She has written articles for magazines including Essence and Today's Christian Woman, as well as hosted radio programs in New York and Sweden. She has lectured and read her poetry at schools in Russia, China, Sweden, and Tanzania. Grimes is also a prolific artist, creating works of fiber art, beaded jewelry, peyote beading, handmade cards, and photography. Floyd Cooper has won many prestigious awards for his illustration, including the 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry (Amistad), written by Joyce Carol Thomas, plus three previous Coretta Scott King Honors, a Da Vinci Award, and an NAACP Image Honor. Among the more than eighty books he has illustrated are Mississippi Morning, by Ruth Vander Zee (Eerdmans) and Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes (HarperCollins). Floyd lives in Pennsylvania.
Published September 1, 1997 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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In a lively cycle of 13 poems by the author of Somethin' on My Mind (1978), Zuri Jackson celebrates her vibrant best friend Danitra: ``the most splendiferous girl in town...She's not afraid to take a dare./If something's hard, she doesn't care./She'll try her best, no matter what.'' Danitra share...

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