Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg

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"The surrealistic illustrations, which appear to be rendered in pastels, are appealing; the soft edges and warm tones work well with Sandburg's imaginery."—SLJ. "The full-color illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking."—Parents. "...displays the range of everyday topics in which Sandburg found beauty, humor, or pathos....Unfamiliar words are helpfully defined in footnotes...and an introductory biographical essay establishes a context for the poems. Arcella makes a grand debut; his intensely colored ...
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"The surrealistic illustrations, which appear to be rendered in pastels, are appealing; the soft edges and warm tones work well with Sandburg's imaginery."—SLJ. "The full-color illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking."—Parents. "...displays the range of everyday topics in which Sandburg found beauty, humor, or pathos....Unfamiliar words are helpfully defined in footnotes...and an introductory biographical essay establishes a context for the poems. Arcella makes a grand debut; his intensely colored sculptural forms, carved from dramatic shadows, have a distinctly '30s look to them...."—Kirkus Reviews. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 X 10.

Presents a collection of poems by the beloved American author who, as a young man, travelled across the Midwest as a hobo.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following its treatment of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, Sterling adds two more titles on American masters to the Poetry for Young People series: Carl Sandburg, edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin, illustrated by Steven Arcella, and Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Brod Bagert, illustrated by Carolynn Cobleigh. Each poem is accompanied by definitions of difficult words ($14.95 each, 48p, ages 7-up ISBN 0-8069-0818-1; -0820-3 May).
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This lovely collection contains more than thirty poems written by Carl Sandburg, one of America's most-beloved poets. Readers can travel around the country with Sandburg, as his poems describe visits to rural back roads and busy cities and meetings with friendly animals and ordinary people. His poems find laughter and meaning in everyday things such as doors, rain, colors, and telephone wire. Readers will treasure this unforgettable reading experience!
Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
The series, "Poetry for Young People," has added more volumes and among them is this one devoted to Carl Sandburg. An index gives the titles of poems, but there is no first line index as is common in many poetry books. Nevertheless, this volume provides a good introduction to the genre of poetry. The book includes a short biographic sketch for one of America's well-loved poets and just a few of the poems children might be drawn to "Arithmetic," "Fog," "We Must Be Polite," and Sandburg's elegy to the buffalo and life as it was before towns sprang up on the plains, "Buffalo Dusk." This is a volume for teachers to share with their students throughout the school year, to lead young listeners into the realm of serious poetry. As with other volumes in this series, vocabulary is defined on the pages where needed. Plenty of white space surrounds the text, with illustrations on opposite pages or along the edges, making this book easy to read. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-While both volumes offer a spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations, Sandburg is by far the stronger of the two. Poe suffers from the editor's explanations of what each poem means and from the inclusion of 8 prose passages placed in verse form, along with the 13 legitimate poems. Bagert's commentaries dampen rather than spark the imagination, and the doctored prose creates confusion between Poe's poems and tales. The realistic paintings are of uneven quality; the small vignettes are more effective than the full-page renderings. The 33 poems in Sandburg vary in length and theme, but most are the staples of anthologies, e.g., ``Fog,'' ``Arithmetic,'' and ``We Must Be Polite.'' The surrealistic illustrations, which appear to be rendered in pastels, are appealing; the soft edges and warm tones work well with Sandburg's imagery. Both books include a biographical sketch of the poet, footnotes providing definitions of difficult words, and a title index.-Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402754715
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Poetry for Young People Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 186,366
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Poetry Collection of Carl Sandburg

    Through Sandburg's free verse, the editor invites us to experience the world anew. The descriptive images of inanimate objects, jazz, and people will appeal to children and adults alike. The poems about simple objects, such as a face, a coin, a telephone pole, and boxes are delightful.

    As a former teacher, I recommend it for classroom use as well as for leisure reading.

    Pat CC

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