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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Poetry For Young People
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402754779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402754777
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9. An outstanding introduction to Whitman's life and work. This collection of 26 poems and excerpts from longer poems is prefaced by a biographical sketch and a description of the time period. Students will be impressed by the poet's daring departure from traditional metered and rhyming poetry. Levin guides readers into understanding the importance of Whitman's oeuvre. He introduces each selection with pertinent information about its relevance to a larger work, its relationship to Whitman's beliefs, or the symbolism within it. Words that students might find difficult are defined at the bottom of the page. Beginning with the patriotic "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!," poems from Leaves of Grass, and a variety of other selections that are thought-provoking, descriptive, and full of emotion. Burke's pastel drawings add to the feelings Levin describes, and to the emotional impact of each poem. Several illustrations are historical in nature; others reflect ordinary lives and activities of the times. Still others show Whitman's sense of the miracles and mysticism of life. This superb volume can be used to teach literature or to show a variety of poetic devices and style. Students who have been taught to appreciate poetry will enjoy it on their own.?Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An outstanding introduction to Whitman's life and work." School Library Journal"

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.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Editor Jonathan Levin and illustrator Jim Burke have put together a wonderful introduction to the poetry of Walt Whitman. Although marketed as a children's book, this volume will also appeal to older admirers of the "Good Gray Poet."
Levin has judiciously selected some of Whitman's most memorable poems, and thoughtfully gives definitions of potentially unfamiliar words ("Pleiades," "hieroglyphic," etc.) at the bottom of each page. A five page biography of Whitman at the start of the book is another useful touch. Many of Burke's full-color visuals are stunning, and stand on their own as admirable pieces of art. Particularly memorable are the illustrations which accompany Whitman's address to a locomotive and his compassionate description of a slave's body at auction. "Walt Whitman: Poetry for Young People" is a fine book to share with its target audience.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I cannot think of a better way to introduce the poetry of Walt Whitman than this small volume. The selection is excellent and of interest you the young reader. The commentary is quite relevant as are the pictures which accompany it. I find that often now, our young people go all the way through the early grades in school and many of them have never heard of Walt Whitman, much less read their poetry. This was the sort of stuff my generation and the generation before it grew up on and cut our teeth on. I do not feel I am any worse for the wear. I am fearful that we are bringing up an entire generation (rightfully or wrong, although I feel it is the later) of young folks who will have no appreciation to this great art form and will miss a lot. This book helps. This entire series helps, as a matter of fact and I certainly recommend you add this one and the others to your library. Actually, it is rather fun reading these with the young folk and then talking about them. Not only do you get to enjoy the work your self and perhaps bring back some great memories, but you have the opportunity to interact with your child or student. It is actually rather surprising what some of the kids come up with. I read these to my grandchildren and to the kids in my classes at school. For the most part, when I really get to discussing the work with them, they enjoy it. Recommend this one highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think this is a wonderful guide to poetry by Walt Whitman. I was able to learn something about his poetry myself. The illustrations are very good and the poetry is presented in manageable pieces. That is important for teachers who are teaching the poetry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cook on January 7, 2013
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I was a bit dissapointed with this book - it says Poetry for Young People, but how old are these young poeple? 16-22?

I bought the book by William Blake and that one is excellent! But of the Whitman poems, they are a very tough read, and only 1 poem in here rhymes.

That one poem is Oh Captain My Captain, and that is a great poem! The rest though, is tough reading. Here's some lines from a Whitman train poem:

'Thee in the driving storm even as now, the snow, the winter-day declining,
Thee in thy panoply, thy measur'd dual throbbing and thy beat convulsive,
Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel,
Thy ponderous side-bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides,'

The book itself is a very nice product, with good pictures and details of his life, and short descriptions of the poems.

I want may son to memorize a few poems, and 'Oh Captain My Captain' fits the bill perfectly. However you can get all these poems off the internet, and I personally didn't enjoy any other of Whitman's poems (I Hear America Singing is ok). I'm looking more for poems like the Snowy Woods poem by Frost or 'Casey at the Bat', 'The Tyger',etc, that 9 year olds can really get into.

If this book was entitled 'A Beginners Guide to Whitman', that would be more accurate and I wouldn't have been so dissapointed. But if you want something for younger kids, get the excellent William Blake, and maybe try one of the many other books in the series.
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I did not read the book so cannot review it. It was gift for a grand son for Christmas. Amen
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