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Home To Me

Home To Me

by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Stephen Alcorn
     
 

Home is where the heart is -- as we find out in this beautiful collection of poetry selected by renowned poet Lee Bennett Hopkins.

From prairies to parks, reservations to ranches, cities to suburbs, this collection of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins will resonate with readers everywhere. With poems by today's most gifted contemporary poets, including:

Overview

Home is where the heart is -- as we find out in this beautiful collection of poetry selected by renowned poet Lee Bennett Hopkins.

From prairies to parks, reservations to ranches, cities to suburbs, this collection of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins will resonate with readers everywhere. With poems by today's most gifted contemporary poets, including: Alice Schertle, Janet Wong and Jane Yolen, "Home . . . To Me" is a mosaic of traditional and non-traditional dwellings. "Home . . . To Me" creates a place where everyone is welcome.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From the mountains to the prairies to the... Jersey shore? Lee Bennett Hopkins brings together 15 original works in Home to Me: Poems Across America, illus. by Stephen Alcorn. Contributors include Jane Yolen, Janet S. Wong and Hopkins himself. Alcorn's early Picasso-esque illustrations add an arresting visual counterpoint.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-From prairie to mountain, shining sea to Texas trailer park, bustling city to western pastureland, this book examines the American landscape through poetry. Joseph Bruchac describes life on a reservation in "Rez Road"; readers feel his connection to the land and his pain when he writes, "But even though it's not that large/a nice new state superhighway/cuts through the middle of maple forest-/hunting grounds where we found medicine plants." C. Drew Lamm writes about living on a houseboat in "Rocking House," and Sharon Darrow describes a first day in a new trailer park in "First Saturday Morning: Beaumont, Texas." The poems celebrate simple, basic aspects of life so that all readers can imagine the solitude of a desert night in Lillian Fisher's "My Desert Home." The styles and rhythms vary; some poets write in rhyming iambic pentameter while others choose free verse to describe their homes. Alcorn's thoughtful, folklike illustrations creatively depict the settings. A loon and its reflection dance on a lake in Jane Yolen's "By Edge of Sight," and a farmer milks his cow in early morning moonlight in Tony Johnston's "Milking." The hues are light and dreamy and match the tone of the poems. A note about the 15 contributors, including information about the places they call home, is appended. This book is perfect for instructors looking for inspiration for children to create poems of their own.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hopkins and Alcorn (Hoofbeats, Claws, and Rippled Fins, p. 46, etc.) repeat their successful collaboration with a new themed collection. Fifteen poets were commissioned to write about the special places in America that are dear to their hearts. The poets seem to have been selected by the diversity of their geographical locations. Perhaps it was originally intended as a kind of journey through America; what has emerged is a rather powerful sense of Americans who not only love their country, but their particular corner of it. The poets describe the beauty of a beloved place, or the life-affecting significance of that place. Many indicate a sense of spiritual ownership with the repeated use of possessive pronouns. Joan Bransfield Graham writes, "What do I like best about the sea? The fact that it belongs to ME!" Similarly Patricia Hubbell writes, "On my island far at sea, this island-home to me." Other poets feel the deep roots of home as a connection to the past and a sense of belonging. Joseph Bruchac understands that "hidden roots still give you strength." While roaming along mountain trails Fran Haraway knows "if briefly, where I am and where I plan on going." These are the farms, islands, small towns, deserts, mountains, prairies, and cities, each place unnamed, a place of the heart rather than a particular dot on a map. Each poem is given a two-page spread with a banner title. Alcorn's softly colored, stylized illustrations interpret the text in imagery that is both literal and figurative. The wind blows on the prairie, mermaids swirl in the waves, a loon splashes in the lake, a farmer milks a cow, and a child waves to neighbors. The endpapers are decorated with samples of the placesencountered in the poems. Hopkins provides a thoughtful introduction, and an afterword that introduces each poet and where they live. A lovely work. (Poetry. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439340960
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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