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Words, Wit, and Wonder: Writing Your Own Poem (Writer's Toolbox) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Part of the Writer’s Toolbox series, this primer provides aspiring poets with 12 fundamental “tools”—poetic elements and forms—for writing poetry. Skillful, concise explanations of the basic components of poetry and such forms as acrostic, concrete, and haiku are further illuminated using examples of works by authors such as Edward Lear, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and Laura Purdie Salas. Loewen’s informal text and the accompanying poems are particularly adept at explaining the sometimes-difficult-to-grasp concepts of rhythm, rhyme, metaphor, and simile. Lyles’ bright, mixed-media illustrations add life to a subject that students often consider intimidating or stuffy. The book closes with a handy review section, writing activities, writers’ tips, a short bibliography, an index, a link to related Internet sources, and a glossary that unfortunately lacks pronunciations, which would have been especially helpful for such classic stumpers as cinquain, haiku, and onomatopoeia. Grades 2-4. --Kristen McKulski --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.
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A great introduction to poetry. It covers the basics well and explains the aspects clearly while providing example poetry to illustrate the point. It's attractively illustrated, clearly written, and well put together. I definitely could see teachers at any grade using this book to teach a poetry unit.