My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes
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THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A collection of poems describes a young boy's life with his working mother as he establishes his own identity and develops a close relationship with his mother's friend, Blue.
 

About Nikki Grimes

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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. Jerome Lagarrigue was born and grew up in Paris, France, in a family of artists. Mr. Lagarrigue is the illustrator of one previous picture book, "My Man Blue, " by Nikki Grimes, and his work has also appeared in the "New Yorker" and on the cover of the "New York Times Book Review." A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he currently teaches drawing and painting at Parsons School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Blue (who “had” a son, now lost to the streets or worse) offers advice of haiku-like simplicity, teaching Damon to be his own man: anger is a dangerous waste, fear useless unless subverted, men don’t hit women.

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In 14 knowing, heartfelt poems, the author invites readers to witness the friendship that blossoms between a fatherless African-American boy and a tough-looking man who has lost his son to the streets.

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At first Damon isn't sure what to make of ""This rugged dude/ Who some folk think/ Looks fierce in clothes/ of midnight black."" But the boy quickly discovers Blue's ""harmless, gentle-giant side."" In between shooting hoops and outings to the park, Blue fortifies Damon's values and self-confiden...

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