Poems for Children Nowhere Near Old Enough to Voteby Carl Sandburg, Carl Sandburg Family Trust Staff
Alfred A. Knopf is proud to present the only collection of poems Carl Sandburg wrote specifically for children. In 19 lively prose poems, America's quintessential poet invites children to think about the world in fresh new ways, playing tricks with familiar objects such as pencils, chairs, clocks, eyes, ears, and noses. Witty graphic illustrations by the creator of ZOOM, RE-ZOOM, and REM add a playful dimension to the poems by integrating the words into the pictures or by interpreting the poetic images quite literallyto great comic effect. Simple yet provocative, this unique collection is an ideal tool for introducing poetry that does not rhyme and for inspiring creative writing. It's a delight for the young and the young at heart.
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.35(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
Read an Excerpt
Pencils are to hold when you write.
Pencils come loose unless you hold them.
One pencil writes many thousand words, if you know the words.
Pencils too pointed break their points and then laugh at you.
Blunt pencils write big long words for you even if the words mean nothing.
Proud pencils get furious waiting to be sharpened.
Long pencils say, "I will write a little book for you if you will find the little words."
Short pencil stubs say, "I write and I forget and leave it to the paper to remember."
Pencils in pockets and boxes shove each other and nearly come to fighting.
They wait to be found before they write againthe lost pencils."Music"
Music is when your ears like what they hear.
Music is any voices you like to listen to.
Music is any sound you want to go on and on.
Music for you is anything you hear that clicks with you.
From the Hardcover edition.
Meet the Author
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) is fondly remembered as America's unofficial poet laureate. He was also a biographer and historian. His monumental six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1940, and in 1951 his Complete Poems won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Istvan Banyai, born and educated in Hungary, came to the United States in 1981. His striking and innovative illustrations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Time, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. He made his debut in children's publishing in 1995 with the award-winning wordless picture book Zoom, followed by REM: Rapid Eye Movement and Re-Zoom.
George Hendrick is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Willene Hendrick is an independent scholar. The Hendricks have for many years been closely associated with the Sandburg estate and the Sandburg collection at the University of Illinois.
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