Jerry Middlebrook, Mary Gutierrez, Robyn Rutland, Sandra Scherbenske, Jason Witherspoon, Austin Stoker, Spring Odiorne, Alison Sagebiel, Alfonso Vargas ... There are 100 poems in this book by 100 poets who wrote their poems when they were in grades one through twelve. These poets are not famous. You have not read their poems before. These poets live anywhere. They are now dentists and dancers and teachers and students and construction workers. They write with fire. They could be you.
|Product dimensions:||8.31(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.64(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Read an Excerpt
When I used to go to the beach
my mother would take a saltshaker
and make the water salty
With great expertise
she would taste, salt, taste
and salt again
five minutes or so
until she decided it was right
Then I would go swimming
thinking my mother salted the whole ocean
however large it was
I now know
my mother isn't responsible for the salty ocean
It takes some of the fun
out of going to the beach.
Song of My Foot
I sing about my right foot.
I sing about it because
my favorite shoe goes on that foot.
I sing about my right shoe because
it is old and the shoelace is torn.
I sing about my shoelace because
it is stained with dirt and mud.
I sing about dirt and mud
because it is part of this world.
Table of Contents
|A Note about the Poems||v|
|An Introduction in 3 Parts||ix|
|"My Shadow Is an Ant's Night" thirty-two poems about The Self and the Inner World||1|
|"Think How Many Stories Are in Your Shirt" twenty poems about Where We Live||33|
|"My Grandma Squashes Roaches with Her Hand" twenty-three poems about Anybody's Family||55|
|"Silence Is like a Tractor Moving the Whole World" twenty-five poems about The Wide Imagination||81|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||107|
|Index to 100 Poems||108|
|Index to 100 Young Poets||110|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Naomi Shihab Nye selected these 100 poems from the myriad of poems that students, grades 1 to 12, wrote during her visits to their schools. The collection is divided into four sections, covering the topics of the self and the inner world, where we live, family, and the wide imagination. The best part of this book for me was the introduction. The author¿s advice and words of wisdom are great. There were a few poems that I could relate, too. Some of my favorites were ¿I saw happiness¿¿ by Margo Beirwirth, ¿Mind is an Empty Jug¿ by Alex Lagunas, ¿One¿ by Butch McElroy, and ¿In the Morning¿ by Mary Gutierrez. I enjoyed the colorful illustrations, but thought that there could have been more! Although I did not enjoy most of the poems, the fact that this book is a collection of poems by children is a great motivator for other students. I think that children would be excited to know that other students their age have written excellent poetry!
The reviewer for Publisher's Weekly is quite obviously clueless when it comes to poetry. This collection is captivating. The form of the poems is primitive, of course, but the substance of the poems is the stuff of which true poetry is made. The gentleman from PW just seems to have forgotten (as have so many jaded journalists) that substance is still infinitely more important than form, even in poetry. You will laugh. You will cry. You will wonder at how children so aptly capture the elements of life we think of as adult. So cancel your subscription to Publisher's Weekly and spend the money on this little tome instead. It is a far better investment. Enjoy!