Title: Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book
Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Concepts: poverty, homelessness, incentives, wealth
Review: As a very smart and even more vocal third-grader, Dyamonde Daniel had a knack for finding adventures and treasures in unlikely places. The secondhand store was one of her favorite places to find little treasures, so she took her best friend Free there for a visit. He had complained about being poor after his dad lost his job, but Dyamonde knew he had a lot to learn about poverty, including the stories behind how some of those items wound up at the thrift store.
Even Dyamonde had a lesson to learn about being poor and rich, and it came from the very quiet girl in their class who never raised her hand until the day the teacher asked which students wanted to enter a poetry contest that offered a $100 grand prize. This girl never ate anything at lunchtime and she lived in an unfamiliar building close to the secondhand store. She had a story to tell, and Dyamonde took it upon herself to coax the story out.
Acclaimed author Nikki Grimes has delivered another winning combination of spunky characters, a sweet story, and powerful lessons. This short novel offers a nice opportunity to discuss how children are affected by difficult economic circumstances and how they can find support in the community. The book should charm and inspire a wide readership.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children