The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
illustrated by E. B. Lewis.
Panoramic scenes depict rivers and their connection to the human soul throughout history and throughout the world. The layout of this artistic work is to be applauded. The use of gutters makes the double page spreads appear to be seamless. The beauty of Langston Hughes poem is elongated and enhanced with each illustrated phrase. The image for "my soul has grown deep like the rivers" is exquisite and stirring. The reader will not be able to read this poem again without remembering these soft yet powerful renderings.
Definitely an early contender for Caldecott 2010.