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KEEP CLIMBING, GIRLS by Beah E. Richards


by Beah E. Richards & illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-4169-0264-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

First published in 1951 by the late actress and poet, Keep Climbing, Girls gets renewed energy from the strong gouache images of Christie and the introduction from Hamilton. The story, with its percussive rhyme, is simple: Miss Nettie calls to the girl in her charge to get down out of the tree she’s climbed. However, the unnamed little girl already knows “little boys have the upper hand / in this world.” Despite Miss Nettie’s pleadings, she isn’t about to surrender the view from the top of the tallest bough, except on her own terms. Black, brown, gold and green make the bold palette of matte colors and powerful shapes Christie uses to such good effect. Both a period piece and a shout-out of encouragement, this is sure to find a new, responsive audience. (Picture book. 5-8)