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A Father's Advice to His Son

Illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.

About The Book

What makes a boy into a man?


For more than one hundred years, this classic poems has inspired readers to reach for the best in themselves.

In pictures and words, here's what every boy needs to know most.

About The Author

About The Illustrator

Photograph courtesy of the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. is an acclaimed poet and the Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator of My People, a picture book based on the poem by Langston Hughes. He is also the illustrator of If, the author and photographer of I Am the World, and he won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for his book Twelve Rounds To Glory. He grew up in California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. A magazine and book cover photographer in addition to a picture book creator, Charles lives with his wife and kids in Poughkeepsie, New York. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 27, 2007)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689877995
  • Grades: 1 - 5
  • Ages: 6 - 10

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