Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Poem as Big as New York City

I don't review a whole lot of poetry here on this blog, because I don't consider myself knowledgeable about what's "good" and "not good".  I can, however, tell you what I like and don't like and I absolutely LOVED this book. 

New York City school children were given the task to write about what it's like to live in New York City and what being a New Yorker means to them. From what it's like to reside in specific boroughs to the different sights and sounds of every day life and what it means to have people everywhere, we're given a glimpse at this unique city through the eyes of the children who call it home. 

The poem is brilliant and flows so well with the art. Perfect for exhibiting just what New York City is and how rich in culture it really is. 

I love that the book can be used for so many different purposes. Teachers can use it to encourage their kids to love poetry, explaining that hundreds of kids wrote this one poem! It can be used as a discussion starter about what "home" means to kids and what it's like where they're from. It could even be used as a great example of collage work in art class. The possibilities are endless. 

Two huge thumbs up for this one!

A Poem as Big as New York City: Little Kids Write About the Big Apple
edited by Teachers & Writers Collaborative
38 pages
September 2012
Review copy

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