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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756780977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756780975
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,083,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up-- Sabuda's bouyant linoleum-cuts are truly worth singing about. They celebrate Whitman's words; each of the 11 lines is given its own double-page spread, which barely contains its action. The varied perspectives, rich contrasting colors and the use of shadow, and powerful figures capture a nation in motion, laboring. The depiction of 19th-century American life is colorful and romantic--from riverboats ("the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck") to rivermen ("The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat"), to cities and rural workers. The whole poem is printed on the back page over an evening sunset and crescent moon. Whitman is a genuine, celebratory American voice. This poem from his Leaves of Grass is given a treatment that underlines its upbeat tone. The fact that the time and the man were more complicated belongs to another book. Readers wishing to learn more of the range of Whitman's work should read Voyages (HBJ, 1988), a sensitive collection edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins. This one lifts the heart as well as the voice. --Kathleen Whalin, formerly at Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County, OH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The great 19th-century poet's paean to workers, illustrated, line by line, in pleasing double spreads (they look like linoleum prints) in rich, slightly muted, beautifully balanced colors. Nicely reflecting the text, Sabuda's art celebrates the joy, diversity, and dignity of labor--with a bit of nostalgia thrown in. The entire poem is repeated on the last page. Attractive, but not essential where budgets are limited. (Poetry/Picture book. 5- 10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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More About the Author

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the volume of poems that for the next four decades would become his lifes work, was placed on sale. Although some critics treated the volume as a joke and others were outraged by its unprecedented mixture of mysticism and earthiness, the book attracted the attention of some of the finest literary intelligences. His poetry slowly achieved a wide readership in America and in England, where he was praised by Swinburne and Tennyson. (D. H. Lawrence later referred to Whitman as the"greatest modern poet, and"the greatest of Americans. Whitman suffered a stroke in 1873 and was forced to retire to Camden, New Jersey, where he would spend the last twenty years of his life. There he continued to write poetry, and in 1881 the seventh edition of Leaves of Grass was published to generally favorable reviews. However, the book was soon banned in Boston on the grounds that it was obscene literature. In January 1892 the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale, and Whitman's life work was complete. He died two months later on the evening of March 26, 1892, and was buried four days afterward at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.