Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-06 
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"The cover alone caught my eye at the library. Then to see Kwame Alexander as author, I knew it'd be good. I was not disappointed. The strength of the collages and art, the rich multiculturalism, and the poetry itself made this book a winner. I was familiar with quite a few poets the authors honored, though I had a couple of new ones to learn about. I loved that their poems were stylistically similar to the poems by the poet they honored, giving nods to the poet's contributions and body of work. I would love to use this in a poetry unit. Plus, bios on all the honored poets in the back!" said.

"Read poetry. Read it often. Read it aloud. To children. Read them good solid poetry, not just rhyming words. Help them revel in the images and sweep of language. Through poetry we can all see how much words matter. Words can lift us up and carry us beyond the narrow confines of our world into someplace else. Poetry should not be feared or boring or something "you don't get." Poetry is not just images and rhythm and rhyme. Poetry is a celebration of people and language and life.
Thank you Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes for inviting us to the party.
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" Beautiful, inspiring poems from some of today's poets, celebrating poets from the past."Be brave,like a new seed bursting with extraordinary promise."from Majestic, celebrating Maya Angelou by Kwame Alexander "I keep an old verse in my roomThat says believing in roses makes them bloom."from A Field of Roses, celebrating Emily Dickinson by Chris Colderley "poetry is remembering the things that matter ... the ones you love ..."from Snapshots, celebrating Nikki Giovanni by Chris Colderley " said.

"Three authors, led by the amazing Kwame Alexander, recreate the styles and themes of twenty of Alexander’s favorite poets (Angelou, cummings, Hughes, Nye...). The focus moves from writing in the same style, to writing about similar topics, then to thanking the authors for their inspiring creations. In the Preface, Alexander states his intention to “pay tribute to the poets being celebrated…” He accomplishes his mission admirably. These tribute poems are better appreciated if readers are familiar with the originals and readers may be inspired to track the originals down of poets they don’t already know. Mini bios of the poets appear at the end. The illustrations are universally vibrant and joyous. This is a wonderful addition to children’s poetry offerings." said.

"It’s a delight to read each poem celebrating a poet and written in that poet’s ‘style’. This poem collection is packed with freshness, with so many layers going on at once. Poets celebrated include Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, Nikki Giovanni, and Langston Hughes, twenty in all.

Using bright, bold colors and shapes, Ekua, a fine artist, uses mixed-media collages to explore the poem’s message in visual form. Each poems’ illustration is uniquely and masterfully done. This is a treat for poetry lovers and an interesting way to introduce poets to young readers.

The book includes an afterword with a few paragraphs on each poet celebrated and on the three poets who created this collection. Good energy exudes from between the covers. A book worth picking up.

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" This is the ultimate mentor text. Not only is it a tribute to some amazing poets, but the style of each poem embodies the poet to whom is being paid tribute. You can be sure I will be pulling this book out during Poetry Month. " said.

" This book is awesome! I loved everything, from the preface to the notes at the end. The illustrations are beautiful. The poets who put together this collection more than do their inspirations justice. I legitimately squealed a little when reading both the e.e. cummings poem and the Billy Collins poem. They were so spot on!I found myself feeling nostalgic for poetry as I read this. I have a ridiculous TBR stack right now but I hope I get a chance to wade into some poetry soon! " said.

"The title of this book comes from a quotation b y Lucille Clifton: "Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing." This collection of work is a wonder, and encourages readers to learn more about the original poets on whose work these variations are based.
Using quality poetry to explore patterns, to attempt similar writing, and to compare with the works of others is a hallmark of quality teaching. This collection will be a must-have title for such teaching, and a "wanna-have" for anyone interested in reading fine poetry.
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