A Visual Poem

by Elizabeth Acevedo

On Sale: 05/03/2022


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A Visual Poem

by Elizabeth Acevedo

illustrated by Andrea Pippins

On Sale: 05/03/2022


NAACP Image Award

Odyssey Honor Audiobook

Bank Street Children’s Best Books of the Year

About the Book

They tell me to “fix” my hair.

And by fix, they mean straighten, they mean whiten;

but how do you fix this shipwrecked

history of hair?

In her most famous spoken-word poem, author of the Pura Belpré-winning novel-in-verse The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo embraces all the complexities of Black hair and Afro-Latinidad—the history, pain, pride, and powerful love of that inheritance.

Paired with full-color illustrations by artist Andrea Pippins in a format that will appeal to fans of Mahogany L. Browne’s Black Girl Magic or Jason Reynolds’s For Everyone, this poem can now be read in a vibrant package, making it the ideal gift, treasure, or inspiration for readers of any age.

Critical Praise

"An incredible amount of reflection appears in this slim volume, making this a wonderful choice for group discussions. Brave, sharp, and powerful." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this small book, every square inch of every page is full of color and visual depictions of the poem's evocative lines. The palette in Pippin's illustrations—every shade of brown and warm terracotta earth tones—echoes the poem's sentiments... [a] beautiful, inviting presentation of Acevedo's poem." — Booklist (starred review)

"In spoken-word lines that explicate the tension between what people say and what they mean, Acevedo (Clap When You Land) confronts the cultural specter of hair-related prejudice through the lens of colonial history and Afro-Dominican identity." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062931948
  • ISBN 10: 0062931946
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 05/03/2022
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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