You can’t beat the team of Langston Hughes and Ashley Bryan. . .
Sail Away by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Langston Hughes, a favorite poet not just to me and my teacher friends, but to young and older children as well as high schoolers I’ve met and taught. This collection is special not only for the delicious verses, but the theme of the sea. Illustrator Ashley Bryan, award-winning artist and illustrator himself, shares a passion for the ocean. (He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine–and is still going strong at the age of 92!) The beautiful odes to the sea are rich in imagery and lyrical language. And the illustrations are bright and captivating abstract collage. A book that can serve as a wonderful conversation starter–as well as one to savor and contemplate alone.