While great reviews from Publishers Weekly or Kirkus are nice, there’s nothing better than feedback from the source – actual young readers!
A third grade writing class from Newark, New Jersey was assigned to compare/contrast themselves with DeShawn from DeShawn Days by Tony Medina and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. They agreed to share parts of their answers with us!
Rogenia: “DeShawn and I are the same because we both think the news is scary. We don’t like to hear about people dying from wars. We also love rapping! It’s so much fun! It would be cool if we could rap together.”
Malikah: “DeShawn and I are different. He loves his block because he has friends. I hate living in the hood because there’s too much shooting and too much fighting. DeShawn hates the news because it’s scary. I love the news because it teaches you about the world.”