Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes
Author: Cooper Floyd
Year Reviewed:: 2006
Review: The lonely child's search for home is the center of this touching picture book about Langston Hughes. There are close-ups of his strong grandmother (who told him family stories of pride and glory) as well as views of his loving foster home and the streets of Kansas City, where the child heard the "jazzy old blues music that drifted down the alleys and tickled his soul." Children like Hughes who dream about a "real home" will take heart from the story of the boy who found community and grew up to write astonishing poetry about it.