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{Read E-pub} Î A Wreath for Emmett Till õ Coretta Scott King Honor Book In , people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen year old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi The brutality of his murder, the open casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention Award winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement This martyr s wreath, woven from a little known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern day injustices, to speak what we see Brilliant A heroic crown of sonnets which the author thankfully defines in the introduction that is masterfully crafted Lyrical and unforced, I am stunned at her ability to use this structured form to so seamlessly create a beautiful, emotional tribute to Emmett Till I read it, and then read the author s notes on each one, and reread it The art is perfect and matches the text flawlessly The notes of the artist were also a wonderful addition Skillful and profound. A Wreath For Emmett TillAuthor Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Philippe LardyPublished By Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 2005While you will find this book listed in genres as a children s picture book I think it is most appropriate for high school.Nelson has written an Italian sonnet for Emmett Till I liked that Nelson explains what an Italian or Petrarchan sonnet is and how she came to write it, before she presents the sonnet The title also refers that this is a wreath of sonnets which is A Wreath For Emmett TillAuthor Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Philippe LardyPublished By Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 2005While you will find this book listed in genres as a children s picture book I think it is most appropriate for high school.Nelson has written an Italian sonnet for Emmett Till I liked that Nelson explains what an Italian or Petrarchan sonnet is and how she came to write it, before she presents the sonnet The title also refers that this is a wreath of sonnets which is fourteen 14 sonnets where the last sentence of the sonnet and the first sentence of the next sonnet are the same or very close While Nelson has presented fifteen 15 sonnets the last is just a compilation of the first sentence of the fourteen 14 sonnets.The author explains who Emmett Till was at the end of the book Emmett was a fourteen 14 years old black youth, who in 1955, while visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi was murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman Murdering blacks in the south was not so unusual, at that time, nor was the acquittal of the white men who allegedly killed him, by an all white male jury What was unusual was that Emmett s mother Mamie Till Mobley wanted the body of her son shown in an open casket at his funeral She wanted the world to see what was done to her son, whose bloated body was found in the Tallahatchie River badly beaten and shot in the head Photos of the body in the open casket were printed and broadcasted around the world The illustrator did a nice job on the cover He explains his paintings at the end of the book This book provided information about sonnets along with American history I recommend this book for high school youths A Wreath for Emmett Till is an illustrated book of poetry in remembrance of the death of Emmett Till in 1955 He was a fourteen year old African American boy visiting relatives in Mississippi He was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman His mother had an open casket funeral in Chicago so the country could see his mangled body Although Emmett s uncle was an eye witness when his nephew was taken away from his house, the jury acquitted the men tried for the crime The public s react A Wreath for Emmett Till is an illustrated book of poetry in remembrance of the death of Emmett Till in 1955 He was a fourteen year old African American boy visiting relatives in Mississippi He was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman His mother had an open casket funeral in Chicago so the country could see his mangled body Although Emmett s uncle was an eye witness when his nephew was taken away from his house, the jury acquitted the men tried for the crime The public s reaction to Emmett s death and the trial was important in the civil rights movement.The poetry is written as a heroic crown of Petrachan sonnets There are fifteen sonnets in which the last line of one sonnet is the first line sometimes slightly changed of the next sonnet The fifteenth sonnet is made up of the first lines of all the preceding fourteen sonnets.Marilyn Nelson uses the imagery of flowers for remembrance, and includes sonnets about Emmett Till s lynching and funeral She also wrote sonnets that included other tragic events where people did not respect the lives of others Philippe Lardy illustrated the book with bold modern illustrations.There are a few pages of information appropriate for high school students in the back of the book This includes explanatory information about the imagery and literary illusions in the sonnets The publisher has information online for those who wish to use this prize winning poetry book as a teaching tool Adults will also find it a good reminder about racism and injustice wrapped up in an interesting type of poetry This book is recommended for grades 9 and up because the subject matter is very emotionally difficult Nothing I say here will do justice to this book, except to say you simply have to read it If you don t know the story of Emmett Till, you may want to read about him first and read A Wreath for Emmett Till after because the poetry will have adramatic impact This book received both a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and a Printz Honor Award for excellence in young adult literature, This book is recommended for grades 9 and up because the subject matter is very emotionally difficult Nothing I say here will do justice to this book, except to say you simply have to read it If you don t know the story of Emmett Till, you may want to read about him first and read A Wreath for Emmett Till after because the poetry will have adramatic impact This book received both a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and a Printz Honor Award for excellence in young adult literature, both in 2006 Both awards are well deserved.In A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, the story of the brutal attack of fourteen year old Emmett Till is chronicled through a crown of sonnets a series of poems where the last line of the previous poem becomes the first line of the next and the fifteenth poem is comprised of the fourteen previous poems first lines Told from various perspectives including that of a tree, the poems are skillfully and painstakingly written They also include allusions to literature and history, which may be difficult for some readers to understand however, the end notes provide a detailed explanation Everything in this book is purposeful and both the author and illustrator explain their processes in a very personal and meaningful way in the introduction and artist s note This book makes the suffering of lynched African Americans a real and chilling experience for the reader To me, the book carries an eerie feeling of death throughout its pages, but as the author reminds us frequently we must remember Emmett Till if we forget the atrocities of human existence, we can never transcend To evaluate this text against Coretta Scott King Award criteria almost seems wrong Nelson s writing process, which she describes saying, I wrote this poem with my heart in my mouth and tears in my eyes, breathless with anticipation and surprise , is also experienced by the reader Thus, using award criteria to evaluate such an emotional experience for both writer and reader feels cold and objective Yet, Nelson s work encompasses what it means to be award worthy, so I ll attempt to do it justice.This text has a clear plot, which is developed through the sonnets, and accurately details the events surrounding the death of Emmett Till The characters and narrators, while not the traditional type, grow and develop during the course of poems story The writing style, as mentioned earlier, may be slightly difficult for the intended audience, but the difficulty with which the poems are read will mirror the difficulty with which they were written Without being overtly didactic, this text will motivate readers to share Emmett Till s story, breed tolerance and acceptance of diversity, and hopefully deter future generations from committing such hateful and horrific acts It meets the award criteria on all accounts