Monumental Verses

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Award-winning poet Lewis invites readers to climb aboard for an eye-opening, lyrical journey to some of the world's greatest monuments, including lush photographs. The back matter features a map showing each site's location, historical information on each one, and a brief history of the photographs. Teachers looking to integrate language arts into their social studies lessons will find this book a delight.
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Overview

Award-winning poet Lewis invites readers to climb aboard for an eye-opening, lyrical journey to some of the world's greatest monuments, including lush photographs. The back matter features a map showing each site's location, historical information on each one, and a brief history of the photographs. Teachers looking to integrate language arts into their social studies lessons will find this book a delight.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This wonderful interdisciplinary selection pairs poetry of varying forms with the artistry of well-known architectural marvels throughout the world. The 13 monuments include Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Statue of Liberty, and the Great Wall of China. Lewis has attempted to match the appropriate poetic form to each structure. He uses blank verse, rhyming couplets, acrostic, shaped or concrete poetry, and others. His verses celebrate the beauty of each monument or the incredible skill and artistry that developed it. Many of the photos are dramatic and taken at unusual angles such as the one of the Golden Gate Bridge. Facts including the monument's date, location, chief engineer or builder, and physical dimensions are included. An introductory poem sets the tone for the book. In the epilogue, Lewis repeats his goal and invites his audience to celebrate other monuments with poetry as he did. A world map shows each site's location and a facing page includes thumbnail photos and additional information. A solid and enduring addition to any collection.-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792271352
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 964,302
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 11.77 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is a full-time writer and poet, and a former professor of Economics. He has published numerous children’s books, many in verse. His poems have appeared in various children’s magazines and in over 70 anthologies. He reviews children’s books for the New York Times, presents teachers’ workshops on teaching poetry, and visits numerous elementary schools each year. He lives in Chagrin Falls, OH. Visit J. Patrick Lewis at his Web site: www.jpatricklewis.com
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