Before Gwendolyn Brooks became the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize, she was a little girl who dared to dream. Inspired by the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera, Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks introduces viewers to one of Chicago’s most treasured poets, who found inspiration in colorful clouds and the people in her neighborhood, including children. The program includes music by composer Florence Price, who was the first African American woman to have a symphony premiered by a major orchestra — the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — in 1933.
PROGRAM INCLUDES SELECTIONS FROM
PRICE String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor
Inspired by the book Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera.
Text copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Slade. Illustrations copyright © 2020 by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York.
Used by permission of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. All rights reserved.
Support for CSO for Kids is provided by Abbott Fund, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John Hart and Carol Prins, Kinder Morgan, PNC, Megan and Steve Shebik, Michael and Linda Simon, the Walter and Caroline Sueske Charitable Trust and an anonymous family foundation.
Allstate Insurance Company is the CSOA Youth Education Program Sponsor.
Produced in collaboration with Chicago Children's Theatre.