When Thunder Comes

When Thunder Comes

Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

Book - 2013
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A collection of poetry inspired by various leaders of civil rights.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781452101194
1452101191
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_TishaW Nov 08, 2014

What I enjoyed about this book is that it features Civil Rights activists from different countries and cultures. The poems are truly captivating, conveying the determination and courage of its subject(s), and the accompanying illustrations bring people and events to life. I highly recommend for older elementary and middle school students.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A group of accomplished artists illustrate inspiring stories of protest and change from around the world. From Mohandas Gandhi to Harvey Milk, meet seventeen uncommon activists of the past and present.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
A group of accomplished artists illustrate inspiring stories of protest and change from around the world. From Mohandas Gandhi to Harvey Milk, meet seventeen uncommon activists of the past and present.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 10, 2013

Poetry is the voice of people who are oppressed. When Chinese immigrants found themselves detained for weeks on end on Angel Island, they scratched poetry into the very walls of the building. Not curses. Not cries. Poems. It seems fitting then that J. Patrick Lewis should cull together poems to best celebrate “civil rights leaders” both known and unknown. People of different races, creeds, religions, and even sexualities are celebrated in a book that can only be honestly called what it is: one-of-a-kind.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 10, 2013

“It is as if he’s landed on the moon / Five years before the actual event.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 10, 2013

“When a cyclone flicked off the roof of my prison / like the Queen of Hearts, turning my life to shame / and candle, the General had a mole removed. / When they added four words to the constitution – / my name – to bar me from ever running for office, / the General signed it with his fingernail made of / diamonds and disgust.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 10, 2013

Seventeen people. That doesn’t sound like a lot of folks. Seventeen people turning the tide of history and oppression. Seventeen individuals who made a difference and continue to make a difference every day. And to accompany them, seventeen poems by a former Children’s Poet Laureate. In When Thunder Comes, J. Patrick Lewis highlights heroes of every stripe. And, in doing so, lets young readers know what a hero truly is.

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