In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall
By Ace Dialogue
Javaka Steptoe has created an African American treasure. In a lively montage, Steptoe celebrates warmth, love and nurturing between African American fathers and their children. Contributing poetic muses praising their fathers include E. Ethelbert Miller, Angela Johnson, David Andersen, and Sonia Sanchez. The illustrations and poems depict family life as a shared and universal family experience. Through highs and lows, despite imperfection and daily toil, fathers are our protectors, our gladiators… we survive and the African American family endures.