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United States of Poetry
Joshua Blum
0810939274
Mar 1996
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
YA?This collection of 80 poems is representative of the type of poetry showcased on public television's "The United States of Poetry." Based on the premise that poetry reflects the culture of our nation, it combines the works of Nobel Laureates, rock n' rollers, Beats, cowboy poets, rappers, and even former presidents. The varying styles, voices, and ideas incorporated into this anthology provide readers with a view of America that is new and fresh, portraying poetry in a similar fashion. Students will be particularly impressed with the photographs, illustrations, and collages that accompany the selections. Chronicling a visual as well as literary diversity of American society, the editors have collected works that center around themes such as "The Land and the People," "Day in the Life," "The American...


The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
067084487X
October 1, 1992
Hardcover
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Book Review
If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells--and wreaks havoc on--the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime. The Stinky Cheese Man deconstructs not only the tradition of the fairy tale but also the entire notion of a book. Our naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of contents, and even the endpaper by shuffling, scoffing, and generally paying no mind to structure. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and the Giant at the top of the beanstalk snacks on the Little Red Hen. There are no lessons to be...


The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems
Billy Collins
037550382X
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Two years after his very visible stint as U.S. poet laureate, Collins (Sailing Alone Around the Room) remains one of the nation's most popular poets. His light touch, his self-deprecating pathos and his unerring sense of his audience (nothing too difficult, but nothing too lowbrow) explain much of that popularity and remain evident in this eighth collection. "The birds are in their trees,/ the toast is in the toaster,/ and the poets are at their windows," the volume begins: the poet as sensitive everyman, moved if not baffled by literary legacies, and attracted to simple pleasures, constructs a series of similar days and scenes. "In the Moment" depicts "a day in June," "the kind that gives you no choice/ but to unbutton your shirt/ and sit outside in a rough wooden chair"; "I Ask You" opens on "an ordinary night...


Another Way to Dance
Cyril Dabydeen
0920661599
Nov 2000
Paperback
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The Toronto Review
"…fills a gap in our perceptions of contemporary postcolonial writing."

Book Description
Poetry Anthology. Asian American Studies. This anthology includes selected works of some of the most active and dynamic contemporary poets writing in North America. Reflecting to varying degrees sensibilities based on ancestral Asian homelands and on lives in Canada and the United States, the poetry reproduced here is of a wide-ranging appeal and refreshing modernity, depicting a shifting, kaleidoscopic landscape of cultural and spiritual heterogeneity and individual interpretations. Includes works by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Marilyn Chin, Chitra Banerjee, Garrett Hongo, Kimiko Hahn, Carolyn Lei-Lanilau, David Mura, Michael Ondaatje, Sasenarine Persaud, and Arthur Sze.


Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School
Georgia Heard
032500093X
March 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Review
“Awakening the Heart is a stirring personal reminder that encouraging children to discover the words and images of their own lives, as we discover our own, is a crucial devotion. We all need such books as lanterns and guides.”–Naomi Shihab Nye

Book Description
Fans of the best-selling For the Good of the Earth and Sun will applaud this sequel by beloved author Georgia Heard - an inspiring and practical handbook that celebrates the natural power of poetry to teach the essential tools of all writing.

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Understanding the Constitution
Sue Davis, J. W. Peltason
0534614078
October 15, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
For over fifty years, UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION has helped students understand and interpret the document that outlines America's fundamental rules and government structures. Always current and concise, this textbook goes beyond generalities to discover the major constitutional issues of our times, a constantly evolving process.

About the Author
Sue Davis received her Ph.D. from the University of California ? Santa Barbara, then joined the Political Science Department at the University of Delaware, where she specializes in Constitutional Law and Political Theory. Professor Davis teaches Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Politics and Literature, American Political Thought, and Mexican Politics. She is currently finishing a book that examines Elizabeth Cady Stanton's...


Echoes of a Silent River
Rebekah Fawn Cochran
159113370X
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Western Fiction Review- AH Holt Editor- Author SILVER CREEK- May 2004
' The dignity, cadence and resonance of the lines Cochran has created, a perfect way to tell the story ...'


Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen from the One and only Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
0375810617
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
From his very first book to his very last book, here in one big volume are 13 classic Dr. Seuss stories, everyone’s favorites. All of the words and virtually all of the illustrations are included. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. The stories included are: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Horton Hears a Who!, McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, Yertle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, The Sneetches, and...


The Poem That Changed America : "Howl" Fifty Years Later
Jason Shinder (Editor)
0374173435
March 21, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
If the opening lines of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" aren't seared into your brain, they will be by the end of this collection of 26 essays compiled by Shinder, a poet (Among Women) who learned much of his craft as Ginsberg's pupil. It's a shame the poem isn't included, though it feels as if it's quoted in its entirety at various points (the hardcover edition does come with a Ginsberg reading on CD). This collection juxtaposes reflections by writers such as Rick Moody and Andrei Codrescu about the impact of "Howl' on their lives; Billy Collins writes, "...it wasn't a waste of time for a Catholic high school boy from the suburbs to try to sound in his poems like a downtown homosexual Jewish beatnik." Robert Pinsky writes that he was initially elated by the poem's linguistic freedom even more than by its raw emotion....


A Wreath for Emmett Till (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards))
Marilyn Nelson, Philippe Lardy (Illustrator)
0618397523
April 4, 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–This memorial to the lynched teen is in the Homeric tradition of poet-as-historian. It is a heroic crown of sonnets in Petrarchan rhyme scheme and, as such, is quite formal not only in form but in language. There are 15 poems in the cycle, the last line of one being the first line of the next, and each of the first lines makes up the entirety of the 15th. This chosen formality brings distance and reflection to readers, but also calls attention to the horrifically ugly events. The language is highly figurative in one sonnet, cruelly graphic in the next. The illustrations echo the representative nature of the poetry, using images from nature and taking advantage of the emotional quality of color. There is an introduction by the author, a page about Emmett Till, and literary...


Missing Piece
Shel Silverstein
0060256710
January 1976
Hardcover
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Book Description
It was missing a piece. And it was not happy. So it set off in searchof its missing piece.And as it rolledit sang this song -Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' pieceI'm lookin' for my missin' pieceHi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin' for my missin' piece.What it finds on its search for the missing piece is simply and touchingly told in this fable that gently probes the nature of quest and fulfillment.

Card catalog description
A circle has difficulty finding its missing piece but has a good time looking for it.

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The Plot Against America
Philip Roth
0618509283
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
"What if" scenarios are often suspect. They are sometimes thinly veiled tales of the gospel according to the author, taking on the claustrophobic air of a personal fantasia that can't be shared. Such is not the case with Philip Roth's tour de force, The Plot Against America. It is a credible, fully-realized picture of what could happen anywhere, at any time, if the right people and circumstances come together.

The Plot Against America explores a wholly imagined thesis and sees it through to the end: Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR for the Presidency in 1940. Lindbergh, the "Lone Eagle," captured the country's imagination by his solo Atlantic crossing in 1927 in the monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, then had the country's sympathy upon the kidnapping and murder of his young son. He was a true American hero: brave,...



Bright Eyes, Brown Skin (A Feeling Good Book) (A Feeling Good Book)
Cheryl Willis Hudson, et al
0940975238
November 1, 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Igus's comfortable story unwinds through a gentle and credible conversation between an African American boy and his grandfather. On his annual summer visit to the country, Noel engages in his favorite activity: fishing off a small pier. The child listens intently as his grandfather reminisces about his boyhood swims in the river, when he and his friends swung into the water from a rope attached to a large tree. This memory evokes others, and grandfather enumerates the many differences of that simpler era, when his family lived without a refrigerator, TV, telephone, indoor toilet or car. As the elder recalls the past, Bond's strikingly naturalistic, richly hued paintings give way to black-and-white drawings that effectively evoke the lifestyle of the period. At last, Noel experiences the excitement of catching his...


The Plot Against America
Philip Roth
1400079497
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
"What if" scenarios are often suspect. They are sometimes thinly veiled tales of the gospel according to the author, taking on the claustrophobic air of a personal fantasia that can't be shared. Such is not the case with Philip Roth's tour de force, The Plot Against America. It is a credible, fully-realized picture of what could happen anywhere, at any time, if the right people and circumstances come together.

The Plot Against America explores a wholly imagined thesis and sees it through to the end: Charles A. Lindbergh defeats FDR for the Presidency in 1940. Lindbergh, the "Lone Eagle," captured the country's imagination by his solo Atlantic crossing in 1927 in the monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis, then had the country's sympathy upon the kidnapping and murder of his young son. He was a true American hero: brave,...



Thirteen moons on turtle's back
Joseph Bruchac
0698115848
August 25, 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To many Native Americans, the 13 cycles of the moon represent the changing seasons and the passage of time. Each moon has its own special name that, while varying among the tribal nations, is consistent with the legend that the 13 scales on Old Turtle's back hold the key to these moons. The authors present 13 poems that take readers through the year, from the "Moon of Popping Trees"--when the "cottonwoods crack with frost"--to the "Big Moon" of the Abenakis. The book's effective design consists of verses in vertical columns at the left of each spread, with the remainder occupied by Locker's ( Family Farm ; Catskill Eagle ) typically lush artwork. His oil paintings are eye-catching in their depth of color reflecting dramatic seasonal changes. Trees, skies and woodland creatures are rendered in vivid hues that...


Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Gloria Anzaldua
1879960567
April 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Anzaldua is a self-proclaimed borderland beinga Chicana who lives close to the border between Mexico and Texas, who shares several cultures and uses a mixture of languages. With exceptional insight, she creates a mosaic of the marginal person: a person, like herself, who exists in a state of transition, of ambivalence, of conflict; someone who is infused with many cultures yet cannot claim a single one wholly for herself. Her journal is written in earth tones, like an Aztec design, tones that are both engaging and striking. Weaving prose with poetry, Mexican-Indian history with psychology, mythology with philosophy, the author pulls together the frazzled edges of Chicano culture and of her sense of self. Anzaldua is a rebellious and willful talent who recognizes that life on the border"life in the shadows"is...


The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Wendy Martin (Editor)
0521001188
September 5, 2002
Paperback
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Review
'These 11 essays give an excellent introduction to the most perplexing questions about the reclusive poet.' ABES - Annotated Bibliography of English Studies

Review
"Arguably the most noteworthy book in Dickinson studies published last year." Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin

"Martin has gathered the collective expertise of some of the world's foremost Dickinson scholars in this well-rounded volume. Highly recommended." Choice

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If Youre Not From The Prairie
David Bouchard, Henry Ripplinger (Illustrator)
0689820356
June 1, 1998
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-6?Blazing skies in bright blues bounce from the full-page acrylic illustrations that face every page of poetic text in this piece about modern-day life on the prairie. Ripplinger's paintings are done in a realistic style somewhat similar to Andrew Wyeth's. In them, a young boy and his dog play through every season on farmlands, prairie fields, and country roads. He and his friends have a snowball fight in front of a large country house and board the school bus in a winter blizzard. The child walks in a creek bed in solitude and down the road beside his dad. For the most part, the accompanying verse is well written. The dialogue style works well rhythmically and makes for a possible story hour or program read-aloud. Adults would also enjoy this nostalgic piece that ends with the boy a grown farmer:...


United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America
Jeff Biggers
1593760310
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this pleasing if imperfect study, Biggers (editor of No Lonesome Road) argues that the roots of American politics and culture are found not in Philadelphia or New York, but in Appalachia. The North Carolina Patriots, who declared themselves free of British rule long before Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, anticipated America's revolutionary, republican spirit. And if you thought the antislavery movement was born in Boston, think again. In the early 19th century, Appalachians John Rankin and Benjamin Lundy advocated emancipation; indeed, Lundy was largely responsible for winning William Lloyd Garrison to the cause. Finally, noting the importance of the Highlander Folk School in training civil rights activists, Biggers credits Appalachia with significantly advancing the cause of school...


Lyrics: 1962-2001
Bob Dylan
0743228278
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
As a concrete--and hefty--reminder of what has made Dylan such a revered figure in popular music, a new collection of the lyrics of the songs on the 28 albums from Bob Dylan (1962) to Love and Theft (2001) and additional unreleased works has been published simultaneously with Chronicles. Gordon Flagg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Book Description
This collection contains Bob Dylan's lyrics, from his first album, Bob Dylan, to 2001's "Love and Theft."


Assassins
Stephen Sondheim, John Weidman
1559360380
September 1991
Paperback
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About the Author


Higgins: Poetry In Glass
Donald-Brian Johnson, Leslie Pina (Photographer)
0764321714
January 5, 2004
Hardcover
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Hats off for the Fourth of July!
Harriet Ziefert
0641633491

Hardcover
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