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Praise song for the day : a poem for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration
Elizabeth Alexander
Easy Fiction PS3551.L3494 P73 2012

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Caldecott Medalist Diaz (Before You Came) teams up with poet and writer Alexander (American Sublime) to create a stunning visual representation of Alexander's poem, which was commissioned for President Obama's inauguration. Two characters-a mother in long blue dress and her son in purple-wend through unfolding landscapes that offer abstract representations of ancestors, manual laborers, music makers, farm workers, railroad builders, and more, against full-bleed backdrops of bright orange and soft greens and blues. Paintings depict children and adults in geometric, masklike profile; pointed facial features contrast with full limbs in the foreground, while background patterns suggesting collage and paper-cuttings portray snowflakes, cornstalks, and oval-shaped trees. Reading as though narrated by mother to son, Alexander's verse speaks of oppression, struggle, courage, and hope. One illustration shows the pair walking through tree brambles toward a distant, glowing city: "We need to find a place where we are safe./ We walk into that which we cannot yet see." The imagery's angularity becomes increasingly circular and rounded, culminating in a fiery sun surrounding by uplifted, dancing people. A moving pictorial elegy. Ages 6-10. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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