Nathaniel B. Free is a spunky, spirited nine-year-old poet who raps and rhymes about his world, from what it's like to be nine, to his education, to his family life.
Great for home and classroom reading. Will fit into National Curriculum Primary Science - mixing substances, cooking and refrigeration.
"Nathaniel's business is figuring out the world and his place in it. He is the child we see everywhere, except that we rarely see him in literature. The Black child thinking. Along with his playfulness, curiosity and enthusiasm, he possesses a fine intellect like that of so many of the children I meet on my visits to schools and libraries. Nathaniels and their sisters, studying the many faces life presents, synthesizing information and questioning contradictions."
Jan spivey Gilchrist's enthralling black and white pencil illustrations capture all the dynamism of young Nathaniel's keen intellect. The illustration is reproduced in two color duotone process .
Also included are instructions for children on how to create their own twelve-bar blues poem.