Dreams of Glory: Poems Starring Girls

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This collection of poems starring girls celebrates their hopes, their pride, their fears, their humor, and their fierce determination to show the world who they are and what they can do. There are no stereotypes here, no clinging vines. Self-esteem and a rich sense of purpose and girlhood togetherness make this anthology a special experience for each of its readers.
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Overview

This collection of poems starring girls celebrates their hopes, their pride, their fears, their humor, and their fierce determination to show the world who they are and what they can do. There are no stereotypes here, no clinging vines. Self-esteem and a rich sense of purpose and girlhood togetherness make this anthology a special experience for each of its readers.
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Gr 3-5-The 30 selections in this packet of poems ``starring girls'' are divided into three sections: Sports, Power, and Dreams of Glory. The poems are pleasant enough; familiar names such as John Ciardi, Mel Glenn, Eve Merriam, Myra Cohn Livingston, and Gwendolyn Brooks appear, along with a few surprises-poetry by authors better known for their prose: Jean Little, Cynthia Rylant, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and Felice Holman. Some less familiar voices lend some originality to the collection; Glaser herself is a star here. Many of the selections are widely anthologized and they tend to be narratives that forsake interesting complexities for ease of interpretation. Dreams of Glory is not as much fun as Evaline Ness's Amelia Mixed the Mustard and Other Poems (Scribners, 1975; o.p.), not as vivacious as Lee Bennet Hopkins' Girls Can, Too! (Watts, 1972; o.p.), and not as sophisticated as Norma Mazer and Margorie Lewis's Waltzing on Water (Dell, 1989). Collins's soft-focus pencil drawings of girls in action mark the opening of each section; they are appealing and lively, but not particularly distinguished. An effortless introduction to poetry for and about girls.-Marjorie Lewis, formerly at Heathcote School, Scarsdale, NY
Hazel Rochman
nger for reading aloud. Despite the title, this is not an anthology of simplistic role model messages. The tone is wry and funny. Some of the best poems are by Glaser herself, small dramas of dreaming and failing and carrying on. Decidedly unladylike, the title poem by Ann Blakeslee is about a girl who dreams of becoming a plumber, with all the fun of working with "tools and muck." Several poems are about sports, and this time the clumsy kid imagining a great double play and "the whole world cheering" is a girl. In Myra Cohn Livingston's "74th Street," a girl on roller skates stands and falls and gets up again. There's a range of difficulty--Gwen Strauss' long poem, "The Frog Princess," is for older readers than are most of the other pieces--but the collection is small, just the 30 poems, with Lowery Collins' black-and-white active portraits at the beginning of each section. An accessible collection that kids will read with a smile of recognition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689318917
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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