Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets

Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688161934
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 128
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.

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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.

by Bill Collins

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.

by Marci Carlson

Table of Contents

A Note about the Poemsv
An Introduction in 3 Partsix
"My Shadow Is an Ant's Night" thirty-two poems about The Self and the Inner World1
"Think How Many Stories Are in Your Shirt" twenty poems about Where We Live33
"My Grandma Squashes Roaches with Her Hand" twenty-three poems about Anybody's Family55
"Silence Is like a Tractor Moving the Whole World" twenty-five poems about The Wide Imagination81
Suggestions for Further Reading107
Index to 100 Poems108
Index to 100 Young Poets110

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Salting the Ocean 100 Poems by Young Poets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dahabdabbler on LibraryThing 20 days ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!