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Patty in Redlands
5.0 out of 5 starsReal and Heartwarming
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
I love Langston Hughes and I love libraries! This book is the PERFECT marriage of the two. Heartwarming story of a boy who learns to fill the gap of loneliness with the joy of discovering his neighborhood library and the beauty of Langston Hughes’ poetry which touches his soul. Lesa Cline-Ransome did an amazing job of bringing this story to life.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for 3rd and 4th graders
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2019
This book was so well written and engaging. I teach 3rd grade and am eager to use it with my students. It is historical fiction, and the author uses the words "colored" and "Negro". I intend to have a discussion prior to reading the text with my students about the use of historical language and how it's appropriateness may change over time. Lesa Cline-Ransome has created a very engaging story about a young boy moving from the country to the city in 1946. She beautifully captures his emotions and poetically shares his story. I loved the ending - perfect!
5.0 out of 5 starsA great book for kids and adults to enjoy.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
Finding Langston is a heartwarming and educational journey of a young boy growing up in a new city and attending a new school, while discovering his love for spending time at the library and hoping his father accepts his love for reading books. This is a must read for all students.
Short book with short chapters, focusing on our of racism and on the challenges of the Great Migration. My fourth grader, who only reads books about dragons or comedy, was assigned to read this in class. I wondered if she was mature enough to process it, but she is enthralled.
This book was so incredibly good. I highly recommend it for reading any time, but a good summer read. Great for kids in life transition because of moving, new school, death of parent. Other themes include father as single parent, bullying, poetry, friendships, and Black History, including famous Black writers. There really is that much going on in these pages. And while the word is focused on understanding racism, the book is useful for understanding historical impacts.
Lovely sweet and heartwarming story. Well written. I bought two copies and will be giving them as gifts and I am sure the recipients will enjoy this story as much as I did. I am compelled to read Langston Hughes. Well done first novel.