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The Invisible Ladder: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers Hardcover – October 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805038361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805038361
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Celebrated poets such as Rita Dove, Galway Kinnell and Stanley Kunitz preface their poems with commentary and black-and-white photos of themselves in childhood and adulthood in The Invisible Ladder: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers, edited by Liz Rosenberg. The anthology introduces readers to an admirable range of poems written for adults but accessible to a YA audience. The poets' seductively personal and iconoclastic explanations of how they got hooked on their craft are likely to nab new converts.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up. Rosenberg states in her introduction that she has drawn together this collection of contemporary American poetry to counter "peanut-butter-and-jelly anthologies?books full of bouncy rhymes too stupid for any adult to put up with..." Her premise flies in the teeth of books by people like Nikki Giovanni (included in her collection), X. J. Kennedy, and David McCord, whose rhymes were never stupid, and results in a sophisticated and somber collection. The compiler has chosen strong poems with accessible images like Galway Kinnell's blackberries ("which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well/in the silent, startled, icy, black language/of blackberry-eating in late September") or Maurya Simon's night ("the moon in its chalky house/lights its translucent fire and swells./All the feathered songs are quiet..."). Several of the entries have purely adult viewpoints, such as Maxine Kumin's "The Retrieval System" ("Fact: it is people who fade,/it is animals that retrieve them. A boy/I loved once keeps coming back as my yearling colt"). Like Paul Janeczko does in Poetspeak (1983) and The Place My Words Are Looking For (1990; both Bradbury), Rosenberg pairs poems with that poet's personal reflections. Black-and-white photos of each poet as a child and as an adult add to the attractive format. However, unlike Janeczko's titles for adolescents, the offerings do not astonish readers with their freshness. These poems do not create the sense of discovery the compiler says she hopes for?"the aha! of a friend unexpectedly met, familiar and surprising at the same time." This ladder has interesting rungs but does not reach the stars.?Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Liz Rosenberg is the author of 4 novels, 5 books of poems and more than 20 award winning books for children. She has edited five prize winning poetry anthologies (including THE INVISIBLE LADDER and LIGHT GATHERING POEMS) and her picture book, THE CAROUSEL was featured on PBS' Reading Rainbow. Her newest picture book, TYRANNOSAURUS DAD (illustrated by brilliant newcomer Matthew Myers) is a Children's Book of the Month Club bestseller and has garnered praise from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal and elsewhere, and was an Amazon top 10 children's book.

Her first novel for adults, HOME REPAIR was a Target Breakout book, a BookBub pick, and voted top ten for Book Clubs and Most Likely to be Next Oprah Pick on Goodreads. Her second, THE LAWS OF GRAVITY, was published by Amazon Publishing in spring of 2013 as part of a two-book deal. It has been a top ten best-seller in the United States, Canada and the UK. Featured on Booktalk, NPR and BlogTalk Radio, it is also a Jewish Book Network selection for 2013, and was named a Reader's Choice and Editor's Choice on Bookbrowse. Woman's World called it "perfect for book clubs," and The Boston Globe hailed it as "a thoughtful story about morality, personal responsibility, the law, and above all, the complicated, sometimes incomprehensible ties of family."

Liz Rosenberg was born and raised on Long Island. She met her husband, David, when they were 7 and 8 years old respectively, at summer camp. They became friends in high school, each married other people, and ten years after they had reconnected in high school, finally got married. They have been married 3 times to each other because they are both terrible at keeping track of paperwork. They have an actor & magician son, Eli, and a 10 year old daughter, Lily.

Liz Rosenberg's first husband was the late great American novelist John Gardner, author of Grendel, Nickel Mountain, How to Become a Novelist and more than 25 other works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scholarship. Together they taught at the State University of Binghamton until his untimely death in l982 in a motorcycle accident. She continues as a full professor at Binghamton University's English Department and has guest taught all over the world, from Russia to Austria to Singapore, and throughout the United States. Ms. Rosenberg spends her time reading and writing. Her hobbies are reading and writing and her passions are-- right, reading and writing.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Invisable Ladder was first shown to me by my 6th grade teacher and is a wonderful book, with excelent poems that you really have to look into. Perfect for relaxing, reading, and enjoying! Probably the best poetry anthology I have ever read in my life. Everyone should have a chance to enjoy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite colection of poems for kids, if you don't count Shel Silverstein. (Otherwise I'd give it a 10.) When I want to laugh, I read Uncle Shelby. When I want to get serious I read this book. Though, one of the best poems in it, "The Nose" is pretty funny. So are some of the photos of the poets as cute little fat babies and kids! So on second thought I give it a 9 and a half.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Rakow on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great selection of poems good for some more sophisticated elementary school right on up to high schoolers, and way beyond. I like this book and am a teacher. Totally terrific ecelctic selection of poems-- best of all (or most unique) are photos AND commentary by some of America's best contemporary poets-- pictures of them both as kids and as adults, with comments about the connections between poetry and childhood. A great anthology for poetry lovers of all ages, a great teaching tool. A favorite.
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