The Undefeated

The Undefeated

Book - 2019
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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. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781328780966 (hardcover)
1328780961 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: E811.6 ALE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Kadir - Illustrator

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I love this children's book with beautiful words and pictures telling the of so many people past and present who spoke up, risked and sometimes lost their lives in the work to build a Just world. Like so many people, I have so much to learn about Black history which has often gone untold or told... Read More »

A moving tribute to Black ancestors - unforgettable, unafraid and undefeated. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, each page is a testament to historical figures and events, dedicated to a new generation who face trials but continue the work. Ages 5 -12.

This inaugural title from Newbery Medalist Alexander's new imprint is a poignant and powerful ode to the resilience and strength of black life and history in America. Available in eBook format.

This inaugural title from Newbery Medalist Alexander's new imprint is a poignant and powerful ode to the resilience and strength of black life and history in America.


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Amanda_HT Jan 25, 2021

This lyrical picture book is like a poetic compellation of biographies of both every-day heroes and celebrities from American history. Though it focuses on Black History in the United States, it is so beautifully written and illustrated that it would be a great book to use to discuss Black History in any nation. Recommended for ages 4 yrs and up.

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kjlangton
Nov 24, 2020

Extraordinary.

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Junebug0219
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.

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jgillesturner
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.

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Audrey_1974
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.

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darladoodles
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.

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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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