I want to be

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Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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?What do you want to be?? a young girl is asked. Her answer is full of the soaring imagination and daring of youth: I want to be in motion but I want the ants in my pants to sometimes take a vacation. Sometimes I want to be slow but not so slow that everything passes me by. Poet Thylias Moss?s extraordinary images are brought to life with Jerry Pinkney?s equally extraordinary illustrations.?Exhilirating, verbally and visually; the very essence of youthful energy and summertime freedom.? ? Kirkus Reviews

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Summary:It is about an African American girl who is asked what she wants to be when she grows up. Instead of the normal reaction of a lawyer or doctor she says she wants to be the hops and dreams for ... Read full review

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I absolutely enjoyed reading this book about a girl who was asked what she wants to be and answered in the most delightful way. I liked the way she articulated her hopes and dreams in a way that could ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Moss is a professor of English at the University of Michigan. She lives with her husband and two sons.

Acclaimed American artist Jerry Pinkney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1939. He began drawing as a four-year-old child, studied commercial art at the Dobbins Vocational School, and received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. After graduating, Pinkney worked in design and illustrations, helped found Kaleidoscope Studios, and later opened the Jerry Pinkney Studio. Pinkney is well-known as a children's book illustrator and has created the art for over one hundred titles, including Julius Lester's John Henry, Sam and the Tigers, and The Old African, plus adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl and The Nightingale. He has won five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, the Hamilton King Award, and many others. He received the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University in 2000, the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 2004, and the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2006. Pinkney was awarded the 2009 Caldecott Medal. In addition to holding numerous one-man retrospectives and exhibiting his work in more than one hundred international group shows, Pinkney's art resides in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Brandywine River Art Museum. He has taught art at the Pratt Institute, the University of Delaware, and the University of Buffalo.

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