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Javaka Steptoe received a degree in fine arts from Cooper Union in New York City. This is his first picture book.
IN DADDY'S ARMS I AM TALL:
African Americans Celebrating Fathers

A wonderful collection of poems brought to life by Steptoe's varied techniques and materials. This book is a "tribute to the influence of Black Fathers on their sons and daughters, and grandchildren."

A few excerpts...

From "Seeds"....

"You drew pictures of life
with your words.
I listened and ate these words you said
to grow up strong.
Like the trees, I grew,
branches, leaves, flowers, and then the fruit."

From an Ashanti Proverb...
"When you follow in the path of your father,
you learn to walk like him."

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