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26213: Corbett: (review) Popo and Fifina by Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps (fwd)
From Bob Corbett
Folks, I may have sent this note already last week, but I simply can't
recall if it I did or didn't. The woes of getting a bit older. But not
only that. The primary reason I started writing books reviews and notes
(years ago) was to write TO MYSELF. I would read a book, even take notes
on it, and then forget if I'd ever read it, or forget the main line of
argument or plot. I started writing about my reading for me; to remind
So, if I've already sent this note, I'm sorry.
A month or so ago a list member wrote to ask if I either had a copy of
Hughes and Bontemps' book Popo and Fifina for sale, or could I get one
for her. I had a re-print in my library, but none for sale. I tracked
down a copy for her (and a couple extras now), and delighted in that I
found a 1932 first edition for myself, a rather expensive present!
I realized that while I've had the book in my library for ages I never
read it. So, I sat down and did and was just delighted. It is an
important book, beautifully written and a model of how to write for
children about Haiti.
I had always assumed it was a book of stories, but it is a novel for
U.S. kids about Haiti, and I think a model of what that genre should be
See my more detailed notes at the url below.