Written by Kwame Alexander, et al.
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Poems are as individual as the people who write them, but great poets do tend to develop a recognizable style. To help the reader learn about some of the world’s best poets, Alexander, along with Chris Codlerley and Marjorie Wentworth, write a series of poems celebrating those styles. Each poem tells a portion of the poet’s own story.
They begin with “How to Write a Poem: celebrating Naomi Shihab Nye”
Grab a pencil
and end with “Majestic: celebrating Maya Angelou.”
Shine on, honey!
In between are “Snapshots: celebrating Nikki Giovanni”
poetry is … barbecue … cotton candy … purple skin beets from Daddy’s garden …
and “(Loving) The World and Everything in It: celebrating Mary Oliver.”
I love to stand beside
the old oak trees
beneath a symphony
of birdsong and listen
to every perfect note
Incredibly beautiful collages illustrate the feel of each poem perfectly. From the basketball scene for Walter Dean Myers to the forest for Pablo Neruda.
This is a must have for any classroom studying poetry. Kids will want to read the original poets and try their hands at adapting the styles to their own writing.
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- Title: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
- Author: Kwame Alexander, et al.
- Illustrator: Ekua Holmes
- Published: Candlewick Press, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
- Grade Level: 3 to 7
- Genre: Poetry
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-8094-7
- Extras: About the Poets Being Celebrated — Short biographical information on each poet highlighted and era during which each lived or lives