The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Book - 2018
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"This is a love letter to America. To black America. To the grit, passion, and perseverance of our greatest artists, athletes, and activists. To the dreamers. To the strength and bravery of everyday people caught in the web of history. With references to lyrics and lines originally shared by our most celebrated heroes, this poem digs into the not-so-distant past to underline the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
ISBN: 9781328780966
Call Number: 920.0092 ALEXA
Picture Book Nonfiction HISTORY ALEXA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile poetry.
African American civil rights workers -- Juvenile poetry.
African American authors -- Juvenile poetry.
African American artists -- Juvenile poetry.
African American athletes -- Juvenile poetry.
African American musicians -- Juvenile poetry.
African Americans -- Juvenile literature.
Children's poetry, American.
Caldecott Medal.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award.
Biographical poetry.
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir - Illustrator


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Amanda_HT Jan 25, 2021

This lyrical picture book is like a poetic compellation of biographies of both every-day heroes and celebrities from American history. Though it focuses on Black History in the United States, it is so beautifully written and illustrated that it would be a great book to use to discuss Black History in any nation. Recommended for ages 4 yrs and up.

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Jul 30, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book to my son. The wording is great and the pictures are amazing. It was easy to show my 5 year old and explain who people are and what it the poem was discussing.

Feb 12, 2020

Every once in a while a book comes along that outshines the possible star ratings. This is one of them for me.

I am moved to tears each time I read it, to myself or aloud to children. Much deserving of the awards.

JCLBeckyC Feb 05, 2020

This magnificently illustrated poem accomplishes the goal author Kwame Alexander states in the afterward: "To truly know who we are as a country, we have to accept and embrace all of our woes and wonders." Be sure to spend some time reading about the "historical figures and events featured in The Undefeated" at the back of the book.

Feb 01, 2020

Amazing picture book which spotlights the life and accomplishments of many African-Americans. Topics covered are slavery, the civil rights movements and black heroes such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and others. Very deserving of the Caldecott Medal which it has won.

Jan 07, 2020

Inspiring poem with gorgeous illustrations. This is on the list for the Kansas City Mock Newbery and is most certainly a noteworthy book. Includes brief snippets on many of the historical figures and events pictured throughout.

JCLBetM Nov 30, 2019

A raw, rich poem, beautifully illustrated, that requires you to slow down and sit with these historic faces and their stories, acknowledging and applauding their efforts.

IndyPL_JosephL Aug 11, 2019

A beautiful and powerful poetic anthem to Afro-American strength, the struggles that have been overcome, and the hope for an even better future. Kadir Nelson's gorgeous images perfectly match the highs and lows of Kwame Alexander's dynamic poem.

DPLjosie Apr 29, 2019

Amazing. Beautiful. Powerful. This is art at its most impactful.

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JCLBeckyC Feb 05, 2020

"I wanted to establish from the very beginning that much of what I'm talking about in this poem, so much of American history, has been forgotten, left out of the textbooks, and that to truly know who we are as a country, we have to accept and embrace all of our woes and wonders." --author Kwame Alexander


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