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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-24 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:076368094X
LANGUAGE:English

" Stunning photos and poetry combinations, and I'm not particularly poetically inclined. I would hang the artwork and poem for Snapshots on any wall, and the illustration for No Idle Days and The Poet Inside Me belong on gallery walls. " said.

" What a terrific book. Thought provoking, inspiring... the authors say it best..."Enjoy the poems. We hope to use them as stepping-stones to wonder, leading you to write, to read the works of the poets celebrated in this book, to seek out more about their lives and their work, or to simply read and explore more poetry." " said.

" A book celebrating poets and also celebrating language and life and joy. I particularly like Alexander’s poems about Gwendolyn Brooks and Maya Angelou; Wentworth’s poems about Mary Oliver and Billy Collins; Colderley’s poems about William Carlos Williams and Nikki Giovanni. Favorite quote: “your pen becomes a wand in your hand.” –Marjorie Wentworth. " said.

" I like occasional poetry, but this volume grabbed my attention with the explosion of color across each page. The poems, done by three poets, give the reader insight to a number of great poets, past and present. The short bios in the back were helpful, and readers can feel they 'know' a poet. Readers may be inspired to read poems by some of the poets. " said.

" The art is gorgeous, vibrant, apt. The poems are lovely and fitting tributes for the poets I know (I assume for those I was unfamiliar with too). The poems will make you smile, contemplate, seek out the works of the celebrated poets. Notes at the end introduce each of these poets as well as the three who wrote these celebratory poems. I'm sorry the artist did not get a paragraph as well in the book proper (jacket only) because her work is stunning and deserves a shoutout along the poets. " said.

"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.

"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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"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.

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