The Watcher by Nikki Grimes

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Jordan lives in fear of Tanya, the class bully. But Tanya has worries of her own, no matter how much she tries to ignore them. It seems impossible that Jordan and Tanya could be anything other than enemies, but the Lord is watching over them, guiding each of them along a path that might just help them to understand one another.

Nikki Grimes takes the words of a Psalm 121 and masterfully transforms them into a golden shovel poem of compassion, friendship, and faith. Coupled with powerful artwork from Bryan Collier, this heartfelt story is one that readers will treasure.

Title : The Watcher
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ISBN : 0802854451
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 42 pages


Carla rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2017

This was a very interesting read. Using Psalm 121 as the base for the story, it is written in the Golden Shovel Poem form. I had never heard of this before and the book explains what it that is at the back of the story. Jordan is afraid of Tanya, the class bully. Tanya stutters and is teased, she...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

This powerful picture book has so many interwoven themes: bullying and friendship, faith, Grimes' golden shovel poetry, and Bryan Collier's fantastic photo-collage illustrations. My favorite picture book of 2017.

Dawn rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2018

I'm enjoying Grimes' exploration of the Golden Shovel, a form of poetry I wasn't familiar with. In addition to this book, I'm also reading her One Last Word, which is delightful.

Anastasia rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

The Watcher is an amazingly beautiful and touching book on many levels--the artwork, the subject matter, the characters, and most of all the "golden shovel poems". Each page's poem contains text from Psalm 121 and furthers the story of Tanya, Jordan, and Israel and their families and classmates....

Donan rated it ★★★★☆

November 02, 2017

"The Watcher" is a beautiful book that could inspire many kids to write/illustrate similar works of their own. I especially appreciated: - seeing a specific form of poetry tell a story. I was not familiar with the 'golden shovel' form which the author describes succinctly at the end of the book. T...

Summer rated it ★★★☆☆

June 15, 2017

Using the timeless, comforting words of Psalm 121 in The Holy Bible, The Watcher weaves together the voices of a diverse group of children grappling with a range of serious challenges, from bullying and illness, to the perils of being an outsider. Grimes, known for such classics as Bronx Masquera...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

August 26, 2017

This is a very cleverly written book based on Psalm 121. It is written in such a way that the last word of each line of text is emboldened, and then the bold words then read a separate message within themselves. So you have two narratives alongside each other. Although this does mean that at time...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

The Watcher by Nikki Grimes, Bryan Collier Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company EBYR Children's Fiction Pub Date 09 Oct 2017 | Archive Date 09 Oct 2017 I am reviewing a copy of The Watcher through Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing Company and Netgalley: In this book Nikki Grimes uses the Words of Psalm 121 to h...

Margaret Boling rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2017

12/27/2017 ~~ Nikki Grimes does what she does so well...tells a narrative story in picture book form using a collection of poems. Jordan fears Tanya, the class bully, but gradually comes to understand the conditions in Tanya's life that prompt her actions. As he begins to reach out to her, the po...

Joan rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

A must-have for my collection!!! Based on Psalm 121, Grimes weaves a poignant story about faith, compassion, and friendship. And she frames it a difficult poetic form to pull of - the "golden shovel" - and she does it with finesse. Ms Grimes explains this form of poetry in the back matter. You ta...

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