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In this picture-book collection from veteran anthologist Hopkins, 13 well-known children s poets celebrate

how books can take readers on wild adventures ( I storm / toward shackled screams / of a kidnapped damsel ), as well as how plain words can reveal the surprising drama in ordinary things, even the rhyming sounds of a clock: tick-tock / ding-dong / bing-bong. Karla Kuskin speaks about the wonders of

wandering / wonderful pages and the nonsense and knowledge the come tumbling out. And in another selection, Kristine O Connell George writes, riding home from the library, / don t need a window seat. / Got a great new book to read, / eleven more beneath my feet. The whimsical, light-toned acrylic artwork extends the metaphors with witty, fantastical transformations of books: in one scene, a dark-blue

book cover becomes an ocean, where you can dive in the sea of words and swim. Fun for sharing with preschoolers, this will also spark discussion in grade-school writing and art classes. Notes about each poet are appended. (Booklist-Hazel Rochman) --Booklist

About the Author

Lee Bennett Hopkins is the recipient of the Christopher Award, the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion, and the NCTE Poetry Award. He is also the founder of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

Yayo has won numerous prizes for his illustrations. Kirkus Reviews praised the whimsy and fun in his illustrations for The King Who Barked by Charlotte Foltz Jones. A native of Colombia, he lives in Montreal, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By First Grade Teacher on March 21, 2012
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I just received my copy of "I am the Book" today in the mail. It is delightful! Every poem celebrates reading and the feelings that good books give to readers. I could relate to the excitement of starting a new book - "Don't Need a Window Seat," having a hard time putting a good book down - "This Book," and perhaps best of all - the sadness of saying goodbye at the end of a much-loved story - "Book," by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.
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Best said by the last line in the poem "I Am the Book" - '...I am the book you are needing." Wonderful book about books and reading...my 8 year old and 11 year old boys enjoy hearing it at bedtime, and more importantly, I enjoy reading the poems too! This book inspired me to buy more of Lee Bennett Hopkins' books as well...he is a simply beautiful poet and talented anthologist. Anything he authors is wonderful.
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By Andrew G Mears on September 10, 2014
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Illustrations and text are very good.
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