The Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance

by Daphne Muse

Other authorsCharlotte Riley-Webb (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2006



Local notes

811 Mus



Harry N. Abrams (2006), 32 pages


A remarkable and much-needed collection for the youngest lovers of poetry, Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance features poems from the leaders of this cultural movement (1917-1935), such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, and James Weldon Johnson, as well as many newly discovered writers. These celebratory, life-affirming works will inspire children, parents, and educators while paying homage to one of the most exciting and significant times in American history.


Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 9 inches


0810959976 / 9780810959972



User reviews

LibraryThing member hgold
I loved Entrance Place of Wonders. I thought the poetry was well written, the art beautiful and generally very engaging from a classroom. I really loved the paintings in Entrance Place of Wonders; the rich colors and lack of definition drew me in while allowing my imagination to go with the poem where it wanted to.
LibraryThing member ahernandez91
I loved the poems and loved that they were written during the Harlem Renaissance. I didn't however like the illustrations, I thought that they were quite young for the age group that the book would be best for. I did like the colors that were used though. I do think that this would be a good book when incorporating history into an English poetry lesson or vise versa. One of my favorite poems in this book is "Tableau", which is about hostility towards a black and white friendship. This is definitely a good book for the classroom or for children to have in their homes.… (more)
LibraryThing member rjones34
Summary: "The Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance" is a collection of poems from the famous poets of the Harlem Renaissance. This book celebrates the rich cultural traditions of that time. The poems are all relatable to children, where topics range from singing, dreaming, and admiring famous people.

Review: The big idea of this book is to celebrate and showcase the culture and thoughts of children who grew up in the Harlem Renaissance era. In my opinion, the book was filled with many amazing poems. I liked how the book included many poems that children could relate to or be interested in. Although the book was filled with poems of the Harlem Renaissance, it choose poems from relatable topics such as how children want to grow up to be like someone and the first day of kindergarten. I believe this book does a good job of showcasing both poetry and the Harlem Renaissance to readers.
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