Monday, January 25, 2016
Jump Back, Paul
This book explored the "life and poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar". I had heard of Dunbar before because Ilived in his hometown of Dayton for several years. I was also familiar with the caged bird line fromone of his more famous poems. I did not know much about his life or other poems. As an adult I appreciated the book and his poetry. Much of my reading is done for Maine Student Book Award which is open to grades 4 - 8 and for my library which is grades 1 - 5. I feel that this book and Dunbar's poems, especially the ones in dialect would be too challenging for a vast majority of the students I serve. While I thought they were fascinating...they would struggle. I would applaud a teacher who did a study of his work and could tackle the dialect inoral readings though.