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America at War: Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins Hardcover – March 4, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st Edition edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416918329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416918325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* This handsome anthology, expressing Americans’ varied experience during wartime, is a fine selection of poems accessible to children. Each poem appears on one or two pages, accompanied by strong, yet graceful illustrations. Though not all  content is tied to a particular conflict and not all the poets are American, the poems work well together to represent book’s sections: the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Iraq. Each section begins with a short quote from a philosopher, political leader, or military officer and a few brief comments on the conflict. Once the poems begin, though, readers will be transported from the broad view to the particulars by the thoughts, words, and experiences of people affected by war in different ways. The poems will touch readers with their sharp poignancy and undeniable power. Throughout the well-designed book, the expressive watercolor artwork enhances the poetry and gives a sweeping sense of unity and dignity to diverse points of view. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

LEE BENNETT HOPKINS is a distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist whose poetry collections include the highly acclaimed Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, illustrated by Peter Fiore, and My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, and America at War, both illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Mr. Hopkins’s numerous awards include the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for “lasting contributions to children’s literature” and both the Christopher Award and a Golden Kite Honor for his verse novel Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

Born in the United States, Stephen Alcorn spent his formative, teenage years in Florence, Italy, where he attended the Istituto Statale d'Arte, an experience that infused his work with an appreciation for history and a passion for experimentation in a multitude of mediums. Since then he has embraced an equally broad spectrum of themes and subjects, including the interpretation of literary classics, interpretation of poetry, nineteenth-century American history, and notably, the African-American experience -- resulting in a stream of award-winning projects for adult, young adult, and young readers alike. America at War is Alcorn's fifth collaboration with Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Mr. Alcorn lives with his wife, Sabina, and four cats in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in the heart of Cambridge, New York, surrounded by the pastoral farmland of Washington County. An overview of his work may be viewed at www.alcorngallery.com.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CB on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With all due respect to the military family review, in my opinion in no way did this book mean any kind of disrespect whatsoever to our brave and dedicated men and women who fight for this country. I certainly didn't read the poems that way. Poems are about emotions and the poems in this book reflect the various poets' emotions regarding war and death and destruction....no servicemen and women I've ever known well would have been insulted by these poems in any way.

I thought the poems were well written and very evocative of the emotions connected with war. This book, in my opinion, has nothing to do with patriotism...just with emotions that war evokes. I thought it was a beautifully wrought book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on March 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely nothing. Say it again.


We're a military family. This is a pretty book. But this book does not make a good gift for military families with a member deployed, or for ardent patriots.

It's fine to be passive, disengaged, and poetical about the tragedies of war when there is nothing at stake, but this book mostly overlooks the honor, dignity, and duty of war. Comradeship, brotherhood, the warrior ethos -- these are completely missing.

Great illustrations save this project.

You can have all the "perspectives" on war that you want, but if you are missing the most important perspective, you have missed everything.
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