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Thirty of our nation's most prestigious poets focus their creative vision on people who not only changed their own lives, but he lives of people all over the world.

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Overview

Thirty of our nation's most prestigious poets focus their creative vision on people who not only changed their own lives, but he lives of people all over the world.

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Publishers Weekly
Inspired by coverage of the 2011 uprising in Egypt, literary agent Corcoran gathers 30 poems from Lee Bennett Hopkins, Alan Katz, Joyce Sidman, and others. Themes of social justice and possibility run through the poems, with roughly half paying stirring tribute to activists, artists, and iconoclasts, from Anne Frank and Jonas Salk to Steven Spielberg and the founders of YouTube. Jepson’s crisp collagelike illustrations present a gently textured backdrop. Julia Durango’s ode to author/illustrator Ashley Bryan is paired with a powerful evocation of the notion of grace by Tracie Vaughan Zimmer (“It’s bitter words swallowed/ before they push past/ the gates of angry lips”). Bruce Coville’s closing poem, “Ripples,” reads like a call to action: “No one acts in isolation/ And no act leaves the world the same./ Words and gestures ripple outward,/ What shores they reach we cannot name.” All ages. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The thirty poems in this anthology are inspired by the lives of those who through a discovery, invention, or dedication to a craft changed the world. And so you have a poems to celebrate Jonas Salk and the development of the polio vaccine, Michelle Kwan's efforts to attain Olympic gold, Temple Grandin whose unique mind conceived of a method to herd cattle, Christa McAuliffe whose dream to teach from space was so tragically snatched from her, and Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim and their vision of YouTube as a way of sharing videos online. Contributors include Alice Schertle, Marilyn Singer, Denise Lewis Patrick, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Yolen and J. Patrick Lewis. Brief biographical information is provided and incorporated into the handsome illustrations thus making it nonintrusive. This is an impressive collection to share with children and encourage them to dare to dream. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
An illustrated collection of poems celebrating those who have, as the title indicates, "changed the world." While the individuals profiled here are undeniably inspiring, the biographical poem, brief text and topical poem intended to illuminate each person's achievements don't adequately convey personality or relevance, resulting in an uneven collection that, ironically enough, fails to live up to its potential. Thirty poets have contributed their work, from familiar, prolific authors such as Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Yolen and Marilyn Singer to those whose writing is less well-known. Subjects range from the contemporary (Temple Grandin, Steven Spielberg) to the historical (Jonas Salk), and from the well-known to the obscure (Father Greg Boyle). Unfortunately, the poems are uneven in quality, with many seeming forced or predictable. In general, the topical poems are the most successful, with particularly engaging verses by Singer (about the joys of flight) and Alice Schertle (pondering the mysteries of a mummy's tomb). A variety of poetic forms are used; some feature rhyme and are composed of multiple stanzas, others seem more like prose portraits arbitrarily broken into short lines. Jepson's vibrant collage-style illustrations incorporate a variety of patterns and textures. Complementary colors help to tie facing pages together and also serve as backgrounds to the text, further linking the concepts on each double-page spread. Potentially useful in classrooms that include character education in the curriculum, this purposive anthology will likely find it hard to find an appreciative audience in less-structured settings. (Picture book/poetry. 8 and up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610670654
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 528,549
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    My students and I were fascinated to meet so many unsung heros.

    My students and I were fascinated to meet so many unsung heros.  The stories and illustrations are inspiring, and they are a model for aspiring poets and illustrators.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Great idea! We all need more inspiration. Love the international

    Great idea! We all need more inspiration. Love the international focus. Anne Frank is a perfect fit for the collection. Kudos. 

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    An amazing book that will especially thrill teachers and librari

    An amazing book that will especially thrill teachers and librarians who want to inspire young readers.  Don't miss this wonderful collection of talented authors who sprinkle words that give dreams wings.

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