Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I and I Bob Marley
Author Link - Tony Medina
Illustrator Link - Jesse Joshua Watson
A new favorite in the ERL:
Medina, Tony. (2009). Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. I and I Bob Marley. New York: Lee & Low Books.
Just arrived. A biography in poetic form. Have you read it yet? I was completely entranced by the language, from
I am the boy
From Nine Miles
The one sing
Like three little birds
From my mum mum belly
Come to bring
Of Love Love
Music is the road I take to the well of hope with its endless spring of
Birds whistling like children laughing and playing beneath my window.
Watson’s illustrations bring new meaning to the words, emotional impact. Fear and uncertainty is palpable in the eyes of the 6 year old child riding the bus alone, on his way to Kingston, illustrating the poem, "When My Papa Sends for Me." Medina lists his sources at the beginning, and offers notes at the end that bring this biographical poem together. That’s what I think, but what do you think? Read it, then click on comments and give us your view.