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The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) by [Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson]

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The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) Kindle Edition

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A Best Book of 2019 from: New York Times * NPR * Horn Book * Kirkus * Publishers Weekly * School Library Journal * New York Public Library * Chicago Public Library * Raleigh News & Observer  New York Times Bestseller  National Book Award Longlist  Kirkus Prize Finalist   "[A] powerful tribute to the African-American experience, replete with joy and pride in the accomplishments of individual artists and athletes, leaders, and thinkers.... Poetry knows when to lean forward and when to pull back, and in 'The Undefeated,' Alexander has walked that line perfectly. This book will fill readers with a sense of the wealth and the cost of history."New York Times Book Review   "Dramatic oil paintings expand on a deeply personal poem to showcase 'dreamers and doers,' united in solemn testimony: Black history matters."San Francisco Chronicle   "An empowering look at the history of black Americans."The Takeaway   "[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson....communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review   "Alexander's poetry possesses a straightforward, sophisticated, steady rhythm that, paired with Nelson's detail-oriented oil paintings, carries readers through generations...An incredible connector text for young readers eager to graduate to weighty conversations about our yesterday, our now, and our tomorrow." Kirkus, STARRED review   "A beautiful volume that encourages multiple viewings and further research...With a lengthy roster of accolades and best-seller credits between them, this untouchable duo's book will fly off the shelf." Booklist, STARRED review   "Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists....creating a through-line from past to present." The Horn Book, STARRED review   "[A] poignant and powerful ode to the resilience and strength of black life and history in America.... Alexander and Nelson present an exceptionally moving and triumphant work. This book is an essential first purchase." School Library Journal, STARRED review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times best-selling author of more than thirty-five books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal–winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Some of his other works include Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life, Swing, and the picture books Out of Wonder and The Undefeated, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

He is a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, currently serving as their poet ambassador.

He lives with his family in the UK. Visit his website at or find him on Twitter and Instagram @kwamealexander.

Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient. Among his other awards are an NAACP Image Award, and the 2009 and 2014 Coretta Scott King Author Award. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Twitter: @kadirnelson
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07FK7KQ6L
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Versify; Illustrated edition (April 2 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10228 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
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Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books, including BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI (co-authored with James Patterson), SOLO, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time.

Kwame's most recent book is LIGHT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE: A THOUSAND WORDS ON RACE AND HOPE. Find out more info on Kwame and where he'll be at

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The Undefeated è un albo illustrato di qualità superba! Con poche parole scelte attentamente l’autore arriva diritto al punto: “black lives matter”. Le illustrazioni, anche quando non ci sono, portano con se mille significati a sottolineare la tematica: brotherhood and non - violent social change. MA AMAZON, non ci siamo: come si può consegnare un libro in queste condizioni? La sovracopertina è sporca di … bagnoschiuma? Detersivo? E così gli angoli del libro. Negativo! Più cura grazie.
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