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“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.
For your lullaby?
One of America's most beloved poets, Hughes takes a loving look at bedtime in this poem. With rich language that reads as smoothly as a lullaby, he celebrates all mothers and babies, focusing on the African-American community. The book is a dynamic introduction to Hughes, with an end note about the poet and this special poem. Also included is a little-known photo of baby Hughes with his mother. Award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls' painted and collaged artwork is full of whimsy and sweet moments. Like little love-ones, this book is something to treasure.