The Undefeated

The Undefeated

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"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
ISBN: 9781328780966
Branch Call Number: E 811.6 ALEXANDER
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir - Illustrator


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ArapahoeErinR Jul 21, 2020

2020 Caldecott winner!
A reminder not to forget the past and to notice the amazing strength of a people who have endured and risen.

Winner of the Caldecott Medal for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding African American illustrator of books for children and young adults that demonstrates an appreciation of African American culture and ... Read More »

Winner of the 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Honor recipient of the Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature in 2020. Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an A... Read More »

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ArapahoeChildren Oct 26, 2019

Nonfiction, poetry

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Jul 30, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book to my son. The wording is great and the pictures are amazing. It was easy to show my 5 year old and explain who people are and what it the poem was discussing.

Feb 12, 2020

Every once in a while a book comes along that outshines the possible star ratings. This is one of them for me.

I am moved to tears each time I read it, to myself or aloud to children. Much deserving of the awards.

JCLBeckyC Feb 05, 2020

This magnificently illustrated poem accomplishes the goal author Kwame Alexander states in the afterward: "To truly know who we are as a country, we have to accept and embrace all of our woes and wonders." Be sure to spend some time reading about the "historical figures and events featured in The Undefeated" at the back of the book.

Feb 01, 2020

Amazing picture book which spotlights the life and accomplishments of many African-Americans. Topics covered are slavery, the civil rights movements and black heroes such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and others. Very deserving of the Caldecott Medal which it has won.

Jan 07, 2020

Inspiring poem with gorgeous illustrations. This is on the list for the Kansas City Mock Newbery and is most certainly a noteworthy book. Includes brief snippets on many of the historical figures and events pictured throughout.

JCLBetM Nov 30, 2019

A raw, rich poem, beautifully illustrated, that requires you to slow down and sit with these historic faces and their stories, acknowledging and applauding their efforts.

IndyPL_JosephL Aug 11, 2019

A beautiful and powerful poetic anthem to Afro-American strength, the struggles that have been overcome, and the hope for an even better future. Kadir Nelson's gorgeous images perfectly match the highs and lows of Kwame Alexander's dynamic poem.

DPLjosie Apr 29, 2019

Amazing. Beautiful. Powerful. This is art at its most impactful.

CMLibrary_dgaines Apr 17, 2019

This book is beautifully written and Kadir Nelson's illustrations are perfect as always

PimaLib_AnnieW Apr 11, 2019

As a librarian (and, specifically, a children's librarian), I have read MANY MANY MANY books. Some of them have really moved me. This one actually gave me chills. It is a powerful, beautifully written and illustrated ode to African-American heroes both past and present. "The unspeakable. The unspeakable. The unspeakable." If this book doesn't win awards, it will be an absolute travesty. Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson are both gifts, as is this book.

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JCLBeckyC Feb 05, 2020

"I wanted to establish from the very beginning that much of what I'm talking about in this poem, so much of American history, has been forgotten, left out of the textbooks, and that to truly know who we are as a country, we have to accept and embrace all of our woes and wonders." --author Kwame Alexander


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