Can I touch your hair? : poems of race, mistakes, and friendship

by Latham, Irene,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary

Two poets, one white and one black, explore race and childhood in this must-have collection tailored to provoke thought and conversation.

How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is Black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko (of The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When they can't find partners quick enough, Charles and Irene get stuck working together on their poetry project. To Irene, Charles is too opinionated. To Charles, Irene is mousy and dull. They are too different, especially since Irene is white and Charles is black. In mirrored verses, the pair discover their similarities and respectfully examine their differences covering topics as mundane as buying shoes, and as topical as police brutality, corporal punishment, and white guilt. Latham and Waters see this work as a conversation between their fictional, young poet doppelgängers, meant to heal divides and start conversations. Similarly, the art is a collaboration between a husband-and-wife team, blending collage, colored pencils, and acrylic paint into dreamy abstractions that feature a motif of word flowers blooming across pages where Irene and Charles finally seem to connect. Young readers searching for means to have difficult, emotional, and engaged discussions about race will find an enlightening resource in Irene and Charles' explorations.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two classmates-serving as stand-ins for poets Latham and Waters-reluctantly pair up on a poetry-writing project and reflect on their identities, relationships, and the role race plays in their lives, in more than 30 candid, thought-provoking poems. The students aren't initially close ("She hardly says anything. Plus, she's white," thinks talkative Charles after being assigned to work with Irene), but that soon changes. The children's passions and preoccupations are revealed in poems that explore topics in parallel-new shoes, dinnertime, parental punishments, and police violence, among them-and the racial divisions of the children's churches, communities, and school become clear, too. "I smile when Shonda/ comes over, but she doesn't/ smile back," writes Irene. "You've got/ the whole rest of the playground,/ she says. Can't we/ at least have this corner?" Qualls and Alko (Why Am I Me?) play into the moody, reflective atmosphere in mixed-media collages whose teardrop/budding leaf motif underscores the way that conversation can lead to growth. The poems delicately demonstrate the complexity of identity and the power of communication to build friendships. Ages 8-12. Authors' agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. Illustrators' agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Race awareness -- Juvenile poetry.
Race relations -- Juvenile poetry.
Friendship -- Juvenile poetry.
Race awareness.
Race relations.
Friendship.
Didactic poetry.
Publisher Minneapolis :2018
Contributors Waters, Charles, 1973- author.
Qualls, Sean, illustrator.
Alko, Selina, illustrator.
Audience Ages 8 and up.
Language English
Description 39 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781512404425
151240442X
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