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American Poetry (Poetry for Young People) Hardcover – March 1, 2004

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up–Almost all of the 26 poems collected here are familiar classics, such as Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The introduction explains why each selection was chosen. Each poem is preceded by an introductory paragraph that suggests the poet's motivation for writing it. Potentially unfamiliar words are defined at the end of the entry. Most of the poets are from the 19th and early 20th centuries and are Caucasian; Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou are notable exceptions. The poems paint a varied, but predominantly rosy picture. They are not arranged by theme or chronology, but merely offer different snapshots of the American experience. Comport uses a variety of media and styles to reflect the tone of the poems. Milton Meltzer's Hour of Freedom (Boyds Mills, 2003) contains a more liberal mix of poets from diverse cultural backgrounds and poems that include a critical portrayal of American culture, but it has less visual appeal. Because of its colorful art, this book is an inviting choice for collections needing accessible American poetry.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402705174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402705175
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lientje on July 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book of poetry that children can enjoy and deserves
the five stars that virtually all of the other books in this series has
received.

The review from "Library Journal" and both of the customer reviews are
reviewing the WRONG BOOK!!! To make matters worse, the "Search Inside"
entries are for the book they are reviewing, not the book that is pictured on the front.

I am curious as to why someone who is associated with the book (making
their living from it) hasn't complained to Amazon about this. I know
that it is almost impossible to get in touch with Amazon as a lowly
customer, but surely publishers can make a connection.

Anyway, it is a wonderful book with delightful illustrations. I highly
recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jennifer sweeney on February 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! It is great introduction for children into the world of poetry. My son loves E.E. Cummings "Portrait VIII" I hope that this book will begin a life long love of poetry for my children.

I'm not sure what the other reviewer is talking about with this book being the wrong picture and reviews from professional sources because they are correct. Unless perhaps Amazon has corrected the mistake since her posting. All the poems and photos for this book are currently accurate.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Severian TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After ordering this edition, I discovered it is a one volume condensed version of the original 2 volume set. The afterword states it has "slightly less than half" of the poems found in the original. Whether or not the reader wants to pay 30% of the two volume price for 45% of the content is their call, but the product listing is inaccurate as it stands. Personally, I would have bought the two volume set had I known - few people have a casual interest in 19th Century American poems, and those who do would probably prefer a comprehensive collection. I am not sure why this condensed edition exists, but raspberries to the publisher and Amazon for not making its limited status very clear in title and product listing.
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