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MeetDanitra Brown
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Meet Danitra Brown
illustrated by Floyd Cooper
HarperCollins, 1994
ISBN: 978-0-688-12073-3

From the book

Some kids at school have a mom and a dad.
I've got Mom and me only.
On Parents' Night it makes me mad
that it's Mom and me only.
"You've got it good," Danitra says when I am sad.
"Your mama loves you twice as much. Is that so bad?"
Danitra knows just what to say to make me glad.
With her around, I'm never lonely.

from Meet Danitra Brown
©1994 by Nikki Grimes

Reviews
"...an African-American girl sings the praises of her best friend and their special relationship...Grimes's poetry...smoothly describes a number of vignettes and links them with consistent themes..." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In a lively cycle of 13 poems by the author of Something On My Mind (1978), Zuri Jackson celebrates her vibrant best friend Danitra: 'the most splendiferous girl in town'... Danitra shares work, play and confidences with equal verve, knows how to defuse a mean tease or comfort a friend, and loves to wear purple...The joyous portrayal will appeal to a broad age range." Kirkus Reviews

"The poignant text and lovely pictures are an excellent collaboration, resulting in a look at touching moments of friendship with universal appeal." School Library Journal

Awards
ALA Notable Book
Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
ABA-CBC Backlist title
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
1996-97 Sequoyah Children's Book Award Masterlist
1996-97 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
1997-98 Pennyslvania Young Readers' Choice Master List

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