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VHERSES: A Celebration of Outstanding Women (Creative Editions) Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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Grade 4-7–This collection consists of poems celebrating the accomplishments of 14 women, beginning with poet Emily Dickinson and continuing chronologically to present-day tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Each poem is paired with a full-page illustration and brief biographical information. Most of the pieces honor fairly well-known figures, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Lewis's laudatory verses strive to capture the essence of each woman's personality. My Agile Loom crafts a striking image of Dickinson weaving emotions into poetry, and Double Doubles captures the bouncing rhythms of tennis play. Most of the selections, though, even paired with their thumbnail sketches, add little insight to what is known about these figures. Summers's stylized illustrations are iconic and somewhat distancing. He depicts Fannie Lou Hamer passing in front of a slave auction poster: this is misleading, since Hamer, born in 1917, lived after slavery was abolished. The book's design is also problematic: the biographical sketches are squeezed horizontally in small print on vertical pages. Young readers would be better served by meeting these figures through full-length biographies, or simply through their own words.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Gr. 4-7. Lewis and Summers celebrate the accomplishments of 14 mostly American women through verse and illustration. The range of subjects is diverse--from Rachel Carson and Eleanor Roosevelt to Martha Graham and Gertrude Ederle. Each individual gets a poem, an attractive full-page illustration (Venus and Serena Williams each get a picture), and a brief biographical note^B. The style and content of the poem reflect the personality and endeavors of its subject: Emily Dickinson's is brief but full of emotion, much like her work; the Williams sisters' poem is written for two voices to recite in tandem--evoking a doubles tennis match. Summers' signature style^B (he created the literary portraits for Barnes and Noble) works well here, and he varies each portrait accordingly: Anne Morrow Lindbergh appears against a background of clouds; Georgia O'Keeffe is portrayed on an artist's palate. This will be a delightful addition to the poetry shelf and good choice for women's history studies. Kay Weisman
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