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The table of contents creates the first list here, naming the 45 list poems appearing in this slender volume. Then come the poems themselves, which celebrate children’s everyday experiences during the school year. The poems vary from simple lists to descriptive ones to those combining with other forms, such as concrete poetry. Well designed to display lists, the narrow pages are bound at the top edge, creating a long vertical space on each page or double-page spread. There are no illustrations, and none are needed. The placement of each large-type title creates a different look for each selection. The anthology includes verse by contemporary children’s poets such as Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Jane Yolen, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Since list poems are a frequent starting place for classroom poetry-writing projects, teachers will welcome this fine anthology. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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“Accessibility is one of the book's greatest strengths, since the compact verses focus on familiar aspects of daily kid life.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The poems will spark imagination.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Teachers will welcome this fine anthology.” ―Booklist

“Truly wonderful.” ―Katie's Literature Lounge

“A winner.” ―School Library Journal

“A thoroughly entertaining and distinctive collection.” ―BookPage

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is set up like a reporter's notebook and forty-five poems and an amazing array of poets razzle dazzle their way down the pages. Poets include: Eileen Spinelli, Avis Harley, Rebecca Kai Dotlick, Jan Yolen, Terry Webb Harshman, Marilyn Singer, Allan Wolf, Kristine O'Connell George, Elaine Magliaro, Georgia Heard, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Naomi Shihab Nye, Avis Harley, Heidi Roemer, Kathi Appelt, J. Patrick Lewis, Marilyn Singer, Bobbi Katz, Patricia Hubbell, Valiska Gregory, George Ella Lyon, David Harrison, Sara Holbrook, Heidi Stemple, Lara Anderson, Avis Harley and Liz Rosenberg.

Why Poetry?

By Lee Bennet Hopkins

Why poetry?
Why?

Why sunset?
Why trees?

Why birds?
Why seas?

Why you?
Why me?

Why friends?
Why families?

Why laugh?
Why cry?

Why hello?
Why good-bye?

Why poetry?

That's why!

"List" poems are a lot of fun to make because you don't need any rhyme or rhythm. If you are thinking of a classroom project, this is the perfect book to take a look at. There is a beginning and end to each poem and a definite purpose. If you want your classroom to rock and roll with laughter and fun, just read some of these list poems to them, give a bit of instruction and let the creation begin. This would be an excellent project to undertake in your language arts section in a homeschool or classroom setting.
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I ordered two copies of this book - one for myself and one for my son who is a poet. Not only are the poems delightful, but the way they are presented visually makes it fun to read.
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By kmiller on May 26, 2013
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Just a cute and fun poetry book. My third graders love it!!! I love the way they are written on the pages!
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