Words By Heart is the latest book honored by the literary establishment even though it perpetuates negative images and stereotypes…. [It] has been honored for the excellence of the author's craft, but it is flawed because it presents an outsider's perspective on Black lives and fails to recognize the political, racial and social realities that shape the Black Experience in this country. And … it features the death of a "noble" Black man, that very expendable literary creation.
Based on a short story published in 1968, Words by Heart shares with other late sixties children's fiction about Blacks the implied purpose of raising the consciousness of white readers to racial injustice....
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