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In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. He takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with a poem.Zapruder explores what poems are and how we can read them so that we can, as Whitman wrote, “possess the origin of all poems” without the aid of any teacher or expert. Most important, he asks how reading poetry can help us to lead our lives with greater meaning and purpose. Anchored in poetic analysis and steered through Zapruder’s personal experience of coming to the form, Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While providing a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminating concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone.
An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for its accessibility to all readers.
A Mirror to Nature: Poems About Reflection
A captivating collection of short poems accompanied by amazing photos of animals in the wild and their reflections captured in the natural world.
Knock On Wood: Poems About Superstitions
Wong, Janet S.
A collection of seventeen original poems about superstitions, including walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, and knocking on wood. Includes notes about the superstitions.
Twist (Yoga Poems)
Wong, Janet S.
Come explore yoga in a new way with TWIST, a collection of sixteen original poems sure to inspire even the youngest yogi! Feel the damp soil beneath you as Cobra, and grab hold of a star as Half-Moon. From Low Crow to Eagle and from Triangle to Tree, yoga comes alive with Janet S. Wong's artful creativity. Add vibrant illustrations by Julie Paschkis, and each pose is no longer simply a stretching position, but a picture and a story that will exercise the imagination as well as the body.
Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School
Poet Kay Winters has written a book of zippy poems centering on the triumphs and trials of those first school years. This cheery collection covers an astonishing range of activities from the anticipated--dashing to the bus and science class discoveries--to the completely unexpected--losing a permission slip and seeing a teacher outside the classroom. Patrice Barton's sweetly smudgy watercolor illustrations show a wonderfully diverse class of young students, making this an ideal selection for every collection.
The Night Before the New Pet
It's the night before the adoption of a puppy and the whole family can hardly wait. Everyone helps prepare: they buy treats, set up a crate, and discuss what they should name the pet. When they get to the shelter, they see all kinds of dogs - until they spot the perfect one for them. But a last-minute surprise makes things twice as exciting!
The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses
Embark on a methodical, meticulous, and hilarious quest for the perfect pet in this wickedly witty cautionary collection of pet poems.
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
Weatherford, Carole Boston
I WANT YOU! says the poster of Uncle Sam. But if you’re a young black man in 1940, he doesn’t want you in the cockpit of a war plane. Yet you are determined not to let that stop your dream of flying.So when you hear of a civilian pilot training program at Tuskegee Institute, you leap at the chance. Soon you are learning engineering and mechanics, how to communicate in code, how to read a map. At last the day you’ve longed for is here: you are flying!From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly, too.
Sad Underwear...And Other Complications
A delightful collection of verse, by the author of the popular If I Were in Charge of the World (and Other Worries), presents a view of the world through a child's eyes, looking at a variety of joys and sorrows.
What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?
From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst comes a brand-new collection of clever, hilarious, and poignant poems that touch on every aspect of the roller-coaster ride that is childhood. Did you wake up this morning all smiley inside? Does life taste like ice cream and cake? Or does it seem more like your goldfish just died And your insides are one great big ache? From school to family to friends, from Grrrr to Hooray!, Judith Viorst takes us on a tour of feelings of all kinds in this thoughtful, funny, and charming collection of poetry that’s perfect for young readers just learning to sort out their own emotions.
Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience
Vecchione, Patrice (Edt)
This collection of sixty-four poems by poets who come from all over the world shares the experience of first- and second-generation young adult immigrants and refugees. Whether it’s cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, racism, stereotyping, or questions of identity, the Dreamers, immigrants, and refugee poets included here encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, offering empathy and hope. Many of the struggles described are faced by young people everywhere: isolation, self-doubt, confusion, and emotional dislocation. But also joy, discovery, safety, and family. This is a hopeful, beautiful, and meaningful book for any reader.
Chew, Chew, Gulp!
See just how much fun eating can be. Crunching, munching, gobbling, or guzzling - there are so many different ways to do it. And you can try them all. This bright, rhythmic book is perfect for the youngest chompers and gulpers. Each page has a big, bold toddler face, minimal rhyming text, and a corresponding label for the food being eaten. So meal time isn't just delicious - it's enlightening too.
We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress
Teicher, Craig Morgan
“The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays. We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged - by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance. We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out - or even scale the peak of the mountain.
Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Robert Louis Stevenson’s rhymes have charmed children and adults alike since 1885, when they first appeared to a delighted public. Stevenson’s joyful exploration of the world speaks directly from a child’s point of view and celebrates the child’s imagination. This Golden Books edition, originally published in 1951, features lively, colorful illustrations by Caldecott Medalists Alice and Martin Provensen. The original artwork has been digitally restored for this edition - resulting in a stunning, best-ever reproduction!
I Can Be Anything!
A little boy ponders the many possible jobs in his future, from paper-plane folder and puppy-dog holder to mixing-bowl licker and tin-can kicker.
Smith, Lane (Ilt)
What if a boring lesson about the food chain becomes a sing-aloud celebration about predators and prey? Only the amazing talents of the creators of "Math Curse" could make science so much fun. Full color.
Have You Heard About Lady Bird? Poems About Our First Ladies
The role of First Lady has been defined differently by each woman who's held it, but all of them left an impact on our nation as partner of the commander in chief.Incisive poetry by Marilyn Singer and energetic art by Nancy Carpenter provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women - from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt to Lady Bird Johnson - who variously embraced the position and shied away from it, craved the spotlight and fiercely guarded their privacy, took controversial stands and championed for the status quo. Detailed back matter includes short biographies, quotations, and more.
There are two sides to every story, from the princess and the frog, to the beauty and the beast, to Sleeping Beauty and that charming prince. Now, in a unique collection of reversible verse, classic fairy tales are turned on their heads. Literally. Read these clever poems from top to bottom. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top to give these well-loved stories a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and exquisitely illustrated, this unique collection holds a cheeky mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the magic of both.
Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents
Forty-three men with forty-three passions, but with one thing in common: a presidential place in America's history.With her gift for unforgettable rhythm and innovative rhyme, Marilyn Singer brings the presidents of the United States to life - from Washington to Obama - and contextualizes them in their time. Illustrations by John Hendrix are full of hilarious wit and refined exuberance, and backmatter enriches the experience with short biographies, quotes by each president, and more.
Who Named Their Pony Macaroni?: Poems About White House Pets
A family of mice. A runaway goat. A mischievous snake. A shocking parrot. A pardoned turkey. A pampered raccoon. A ghostbusting dog. A celebrity cow.The White House housed more than presidents and First Families--who could forget the furry, scaly, feathered friends who impressed the press, guarded their charges, and kept them company through all the ups and downs of their respective terms?Marilyn Singer's compelling poems will delight readers with stories of the creatures who sat beside our country's leaders, as she draws intriguing connections between the animals and the administrations they accompanied. Mixed-media illustrations by Ryan McAmis lend humor and vivacity, and detailed back matter explores each president's pet history in more depth.
Wild in the Streets
This beautifully illustrated book pairs poetry with nonfiction, telling the fascinating stories of the animals who have found homes in our city landscapes across the world, from the pythons traveling Singapore's sewers to the monkeys living in India's temples.
The Life of Images: Selected Prose
In addition to being one of America’s most famous and commended poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and talented essayist. The Life of Images brings together his best prose written over twenty-five years.A blend of the thoughtful, comic, and tragic, the essays in The Life of Images explore subjects ranging from poetry to philosophy, photography, politics, and art, to Simic’s childhood in a war-torn country. Culled from five collections, these works demonstrate the qualities that make Simic’s poetry so original yet accessible. Whether he is pondering the relationship between history and the individual, or recalling growing up in Belgrade and New York City, Simic shares his distinctive take on the world and offers an intimate look into the life and mind of an immigrant.
What Can You Do With Only One Shoe?: Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent
This inventive new collection of poetry introduces readers to everyday objects that have been ingeniously reimagined into something else altogether.
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