A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Author's and artist's notes provide some educational value on the art of poetry and Indigenously-informed illustrations.
It is important to remember one's relationship to family heritage, nature, and place in the universe.
Positive Role Models
Parents, ancestors, community, and living beings are shown in harmonious interactions.
The story centers and celebrates Indigenous culture alongside diverse representations. Characters are represented in different skin tones, hair textures, and ages. Author Joy Harjo shared in an interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith that the illustrator, Michaela Goade, was inspired by her own Tlingit culture and her research into Harjo's Mvskoke people's culture.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joy Harjo's Remember is one of her celebrated poems which has been reimagined as a children's book illustrated by Michaela Goade. Prompting young readers to reflect on their connection to family, community, nature, and the universe around them, each page provides a moment of contemplation and gratitude. The short, lyrical lines will pull in little listeners and the swirling, color-saturated illustrations, which invoke Goade's Tlingit heritage, provide much for curious eyes to explore. A great book to read aloud and ground young readers in their own sense of place and belonging in the world.
Is It Any Good?
Joy Harjo and Michaela Goade have created a stunning invitation for readers of all backgrounds and cultures to delve into their own sense of connection and belonging. Remember is brimming with warmth and wisdom, introducing young readers to the accessibility of poetry and the practice of deeper perception. Illustrations convey imaginative worlds to the words on the page, which are skillfully crafted poetic lines using personification, metaphor, imagery, and repetition. This is an heirloom-worthy book full of insights to offer young readers, to inspire their own poems, and to pass down from generation to generation.
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