National Poetry Month
"POETRY FOR KIDS: CARL SANDBURG"
Editor Kathryn Benzel
Illustrator Robert Crawford
Age Range: 9 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 8
Stealing a page from the book...
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
haunches - the upper part of an animal’s rear legs
What was Carl thinking...
Carl gives us a picture of fog as it creeps, sips, and moves on. It's a metaphor, comparing the fog to a slinking cat.
Unwrapping the book...
"I am the people - the mob - the crowd - the mass."
Younger readers will be introduced to Carl Sandburg, a poet for the people. This is a collection of 35 of his poems and is just one book in the Poetry for Kids series.
Professor Kate Benzel has chosen the poems for this amazing collection and award-winning illustrator Robert Crawford has done a magnificent job of visually making them come alive.
Commentary on the poems, definition of key words that may be difficult for children to comprehend, and a lovely bio of the poet's life is included. I love the segment, "What Carl Was Thinking" at the end of the book that exposes the author's thoughts and intentions as he wrote each poem.
I was very impressed with the book and feel it would be one you would be proud to add to your poetry collection. Our children need exposure to great classic poet's work and this is the perfect book to do just that. I highly recommend it.
About the author...
Carl Sandburg was an American poet, biographer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes (two for his poetry). Three of his most famous volumes of poetry include Chicago Poems, Cornhuskers, and Smoke and Steel. His poems are accessible and incredibly visual.
About Kate Benzel, PhD
Kate Benzel, PhD, is a Carl Sandburg scholar and professor emerita at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she is currently transcribing and annotating Sandburg's early unpublished notebooks.
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