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Jump Back, Paul

By Sally Derby
Illustrated by Sean Qualls

Discover the breadth and depth of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry—and learn how it reflects his singular life as a late-nineteenth-century black man.

Did you know that Paul Laurence Dunbar originated such famous lines as “I know why the caged bird sings” and “We wear the mask that grins and lies”? From his childhood in poverty and his early promise as a poet to his immense fame and his untimely death, Dunbar’s story is one of triumph and tragedy. But his legacy remains in his much-beloved poetry—told in both Standard English and in dialect—which continues to delight and inspire readers today. More than two dozen of Dunbar’s poems are woven throughout this volume, illuminating the phases of his life and serving as examples of dialect, imagery, and tone. Narrating in a voice full of admiration and respect, Sally Derby introduces Paul Laurence Dunbar’s life and poetry to readers young and old, aided by Sean Qualls’s striking black-and-white illustrations.

  • A rich biography of one of America's greatest poets, one of the first to publish poems in Black dialect.
  • Told in a strong storytelling voice, perfect for reading aloud.
  • The narrative is interwoven with several of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poems, making this ideal for classroom use.

About the author

Sally Derby is the author of several books for young readers, including No Mush Today, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, and Kyle’s Island. Sally Derby lives in Cincinnati.

About the illustrator

Sean Qualls is an award-winning illustrator whose many books for young people include Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat by Roxane Orgill. Sean Qualls lives in Brooklyn.

ISBN: 9780763660703
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2015
Dimensions: 179 x 259mm, 128pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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