The Free and the Brave (A Poet's Toolbox): A Collection of Poems about the United States

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Children's Literature
Written as part of "The Poet's Toolbox" series, this educational and yet fun book provides great insight into the wonderful world of poetry. Even more so, it serves as a valuable resource for introducing the many types of poems that are out there as well as inspiring young readers to try their own hand at writing one. This particular book in the series focuses on the United States. All of the poems revolve around this patriotic theme, using free verse, limericks, poems full of alliteration and metaphors, and much more. The fun illustrations that accompany the poems help break up the text and lighten the subject matter. At the bottom of each page, there is a Toolbox Tip that identifies unique characteristics of the poem on the page and challenges the reader to look at these tools and use them in their own writing, or to at least be able to appreciate them in other poems the reader may come across. For instance, perhaps the poem uses personification or repetition or a particular rhyme scheme. At the end of the book, there is a "Collect Your Tools" section that encourages readers to write poetry and provides useful tips and advice on how and where to write their own poems about the United States. Overall, this book is definitely a must-have if you are looking to teach poetry to a young person. Better yet, get the whole collection of four books to make your instruction complete. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 up.
—Sheree Van Vreede
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Each poem-mostly one per page-is accompanied by a colorful illustration and an explanation of a related poetic form or concept, such as acrostic, meter, voice, onomatopoeia, or limerick. Carefully selected from a diverse range of authors including Carl Sandburg, Jean Little, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, and Janet S. Wong, the poems effectively and clearly illustrate the concepts. Youngsters are also provided with ideas about how to put their knowledge to work. Unfortunately, all of the books end with the same limited list for suggested reading and the indexes do not include the forms/concepts discussed. The cartoon artwork is wonderfully odd and helps to make the titles fun and inviting. Simpler, more serious alternatives to Brian P. Cleary's Rainbow Soup (Carolrhoda, 2004), these offerings will be useful for pleasure reading and for assignments.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756505639
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Open Your Toolbox 4
Poems 6
Collect Your Tools 26
Go to Work 27
The Poet's Toolbox Glossary 28
Finding More Poetry 30
Index 32
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