Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Last updated Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 0399251766
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2014

Synopsis: Dyamonde Daniel is excited about the local library?s poetry contest, and so is her friend Free. The prize is one hundred dollars?just think what they could buy with that much money! But when they find out that Damaris, one of their classmates, has been living in a homeless shelter, their ideas about what it means to be rich or poor start to change. And when they get to know Damaris, they realize the one who could use the prize money the most also happens to be the best poet in class.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Looking at the book cover what do you think the book is about?

•  Scavenger
•  Belched
•  Gin rummy - card game
•  Gleaming

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why does Free think his family is poor? Is he really?
•  What was the teacher's surprise?
•  Who raises their hand unexpectedly?
•  What do Free and Dyamonde do after school?
•  Who does Dyamonde see when she is with her mom? Where does this person live?
•  What does Dyamonde encourage Damaris to write about?
•  What happens while Damaris is at Dyamonde's House?
•  What does Dyamonde buy for Damaris?
•  Who wins the poetry contest?

Craft ideas:
•  Write a poem about nature, home, or your family. Add a self-portriat.
•  Make a holiday card & gift tags. Cut shapes from card-stock or construction paper, then decorate shapes. Use hole puncher and place a string through shape to use as a gift tag on a gift for friend or family.
•  Popsicle stick ornaments: use glue and popsicle sticks to make shapes like a star, star of David, Christmas tree etc.
•  For pictures, more craft ideas, and directions visit:

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!