We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart

Walter Dean Myers Christopher Myers / Dec 15, 2019

We Are America A Tribute from the Heart Celebrate America s freedom dream with National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers Over the centuries from a blan

  • Title: We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart
  • Author: Walter Dean Myers Christopher Myers
  • ISBN: 9780060523084
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Celebrate America s freedom dream with National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers Over the centuries, from a blank canvas of mountains, plains, and canyons, the American landscape has been richly carved by revolution, progress, and possibility Yet its story is still being written by itsCelebrate America s freedom dream with National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers Over the centuries, from a blank canvas of mountains, plains, and canyons, the American landscape has been richly carved by revolution, progress, and possibility Yet its story is still being written by its diverse people who are united by the freedom in their hearts With graceful, lyrical prose and evocative paintings, Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers and Coretta Scott King Honor artist Christopher Myers, the father son team who created Harlem, pay tribute to the spirit and soul that is America.

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        pseudonyms Stacie WilliamsStacie JohnsonWalter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three He was brought up and went to public school there He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College He has been writing full time since 1977.Walter Dean MyersWalter has been writing since childhood and publishing since 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go , by Parent s Magazine Press Since then he has published over seventy books for children and young adults He has received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors He has been awarded the Margaret A Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award For one of his books, Monster, he has received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.In addition to the publication of his books, Walter has contributed to educational and literary publications He has visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness He was 76 years old.


    1. "We Are America: A Tribute From The Heart" is a children's picture book full of beautiful poetry and powerful illustrations. The author, the award-winning Walter Dean Myers, tells American stories from all walks of life, drawing from history and events before America was the America we know today. The Native Americans, African-Americans, the soldiers who fought in the war for freedom, and much more, are all mentioned in eloquent, richly descriptive, and emotional poetry. These lines are paired w [...]

    2. We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart, written by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by his son Christopher Myers is a collection of short poems that tell what it means to be an American citizen. The book takes us on a journey of the trials that America has gone through over the years, and the diversity that beautifies it. Within the book, readers will be immersed into valuable quotations about America's history and real life past events.From the inside of the front cover to the inside of the bac [...]

    3. I thought the poetry from this book was the most relevant book I have ever read to current times. America is going through such controversy and drought. These poems will lift your spirits but a lot of these poems will open your eyes and touch your heart. It is the most patriotic book and all Americans will love the poems.

    4. In the introduction to this book celebrating the trials, tribulations, joys, and successes of this nation, author Walter Dean Myers describes the soul-searching he conducted after the terrorists' attack on the World Trade Center. He reread some of the core documents on which this nation was founded, and rediscovered much about which to be proud. In free verse he documents what it means to be American through the nation's peaceful times, through wars, through protests, through journeys as well as [...]

    5. This book should be included with every lesson on Native Americans and immigration. In the author’s note, Myers explains how in the aftermath of 9/11, he reread the documents that form the core idea of America. From that, this book was born. The poems and illustrations take you from “Before there was America” through the history of the United States to today. It does not ignore the injustices of the past and present, but concludes with the hope for the future.

    6. Love the sentiment, wish the quotes had been spread evenly, and the poem lacks flow for me. The illustrations are lovely and convey the diversity of America.

    7. The combination of the talents of author Walter Dean Myers and his son, illustrator Christopher Myers, is always a good one. In Walter Dean Myers, we have a writer who has earned most of the major awards of his day offered up to creators of literature for young readers: Newbery Honors, the Printz Award, Coretta Scott King recognition, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for a distinguished career of service to young-adult readers are just a few of his more celebrated literary distinctions. In Chri [...]

    8. A Review of We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart“We have a positive vision of the future founded upon the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed”-Barbara Jordan,Democratic National Convention, 1976 We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart is unlike any book that I can remember ever reading, from both my college years to those of when I was just learning to read. Unlike most books that children read, this book is a collection of poems [...]

    9. This book offers a collection of quotes and poems, accompanied by collages of images that reflect upon the history of America and what it means to be an American. The poems are short, free verse that are very emotive, but the messages are mixed with feelings of hope, pride, anger, ambition, frustration, honor, celebration and more. We recognized many of the quotes and they complemented the poems well. I appreciated the author's and artist's notes at the beginning of the book that helped explain [...]

    10. While I had my little disclaimer above stating that I'm not an expert at judging artwork, but I did notice something particularly cool about the paintings in this book. The paintings resemble murals and they merge into each other. There's one picture with a Black man surfing and then another Black man standing with his arms spread out which merges into a picture of Amelia Earhart. I would say that this book should have been more specific about who was in each picture because like in the example [...]

    11. Walter Dean Myers poetic reflections on American ideals and American history is illustrated by his son Christopher Myers and interspersed with quotations on the same theme. Christopher’s colorful illustrations sweep across a two-page spread like a mural. The free verse poems are counter balanced by the quotations. For example on the penultimate spread on pages 32 and 33, Walter’s verse at the bottom of 32 is “And from the tensions / From the struggle between conscience / And human frailty [...]

    12. This book shows and shares the trials and tribulations that this country has gone through and continues to go through. The amazing illustrations convey images through murals and the book is written in free verse poetry. I think this book is appropriate for any age group as a learning tool of what this country has gone through, although I would probably gear it towards grades 3-5 elementary levels. I think it's a perfect fit to show exactly what all the country has gone through as well as talk mo [...]

    13. This is a beautiful book on all counts. Each amazing double page spread contains a thought provoking poem and (usually) a quote. This would be a fantastic book to spark many discussions; immigration, war, labor, protest and etc.This book would be appropriate for any age, but even more appropriate for a group which would understand its depth. The younger age group is not going to appreciate (grasp) much of the message. That said, being in picture book format, will an 8th or 9th grader pick it up? [...]

    14. "We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart" is a collection of short poems that tell what it means to be an American. The poems take the reader through the rocky history of America and the journey of her people that has made the nation what it is today. It emphasizes the importance of diversity in the identity of America. Freedom is a major theme in this book. This book would be great to read during a study of freedom, diversity, immigration, or the history and making of America. The poems don't [...]

    15. It is an easy read with 'lyrical Free verse and striking mural like paintings" to convey a tribute from the heart about the many different of peoples yearning for true liberty and justice in this vast country America.Barbara Jordon's quote at the end sums up the deep meaning of this book to me: "WE HAVE A POSITIVE VISION OF THE FUTURE FOUNDED ON THE BELIEF THAT THE GAP BETWEEN THE PROMISE AND REALITY OF AMERICA CAN ONE DAY BE FINALLY CLOSED."My ancestors waited in the New York harbor on the 4th [...]

    16. Some of the poems are better than others. Here's one of my favorites:"We are America"The land of the freeWealthy beyond beliefand not wealthyThe land of equal opportunityand not equalThe land of justiceand injusticeMost of the poetry in this collection include specific names of places and historical events that need background knowledge. That is the downside of this collection. Many immigrants will feel left out. How ironic is that?

    17. We Are America is a story telling of all who came to America for a fresh start, or a new beginning. Although the patriotism is outstanding by each diverse group, the struggle for each was not so similar. The painterly approach to the brushed paintings throughout the book accurately illustrate the excitement and sadness from all fronts. The short scripture and poetry delicately paint a realistic picture of what it means to be "America".

    18. We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart is a great historical fiction picture book for upper elementary and middle school readers. This book contains important quotations about the history and goes through the sequence of real life past events. Also, this book includes multicultural perspectives and can grasp the readers attention. A teacher could read this book aloud to the class and have the class make connections and discuss the history of America.

    19. This is a collection of poems and artwork about what it means to be American. In the author's note, Myers explains he was inspired to revisit to documents on which America was built in the jingoism that followed aftermath of 9/11 and it inspired these poems. I thought it was very well done as it celebrates America, but doesn't shy away from the dark parts of our history. The paintings also show our diversity. All in all, a great book about America.

    20. Walter Dean Myers' poetry always speaks to the soul, always lights the heart "I found no freedom in this strange and beautiful land/but freedom lived in my heart like an eagle longing to fly". Christopher Myers' illustrations show the rich, emotional history of this country, such as Mark Twain in a rocking chair gazing at the riverboat The book is a treasure.

    21. Includes short poems spanning the history of America starting with the Native Americans before United States was colonized. Other poems cover fighting for freedom from England, slavery, immigration, and expansion with alternating points of view of all Americans. This book is a great quick overview of our country's history with beautiful illustrations.

    22. A lovely book. The writing is free flow poetry and historical quotations that tell the story of America from pre-Columbus days to the present. The paintings are excellent. I especially love that last quote.

    23. Beautifully written and illustrated by a father-son team, this love letter to America lays it all out there like a lover who knows all too well the foibles of his/her partnerbut embraces and celebrates the partnership nonetheless.This would make a great pairing with 911.

    24. This is a wonderful collaboration between father and son. It is well worth a second read through. The pictures are lovely and I really loved the different image choices he put together in the same spread. America is indeed a complex and ever-changing animal and this is a lovely tribute to her.

    25. Excellent - This book was excellent. It tells the story of America through poetry and historic quotes. It is a very honest and moving story. One that is quick and easy to read and profound as you are reading it. This is one book I would purchase to read again and again.

    26. Who are Americans? Where did we come from? How did America become what it is today? Told in verse and quotes of famous people.

    27. An overview of the history of the United States of America and the many ethnic groups that have impacted its development. The father's poetry, the son's artwork, and selected quotes.

    28. This is a non-fiction book about America's history that is written in a rhythmic way to engage young readers. I would use this book to introduce a history lesson.

    29. I love the art, the free verse poetry, and the quotes from historical documents. They interact beautifully in this always-timely book.

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