Being that it is for children I shouldn't find this too surprising, but after reading some of the other children non-fiction books I was expecting a little more. What I was hoping for, when I learned that Brian and Barbara were working on this book, was a new look at the man that would cause myself and young readers to feel like we had really gotten to know this great American poet. Who will you stretch out to reach today? The pages are over-sized with an old-fashioned design. Wish I could have been as prolific with mine as Walt Whitman was with his. The book begins with the title page and on the page opposite it: the words inverted as a nod to Whitmans first job as that of a typesetter apprentice at the tender age of twelve.
This an five star rated book because it is the best auto-biography I ever read. In each of these spreads we see a detailed scene capturing images from the hidden aspects of the war, full of emotion and realism, and then paired with a short segment of Whitman's poetry. Kerley knows how to write an exciting tale and Whitman makes for a remarkably exciting personality. Who will I touch and at what depths will I go to reach many or even just one? As with their previous collaboration, Kerly and Selznick follow up their book with a long and extended section of additional facts about Mr. Even if they knew they might be in danger of a disease.
Sibert Honor Book What a gorgeously illustrated book for the backdrop about one of America's most beloved poets. A letter written to the Haskell family after Walt sat with their mortally wounded son, Erastus, as he died, conveys the depth of his heart when it came to these dying men: …I write to you this letter, because I would do something at least in his memory…He is one of the thousands of our unknown American young men in the ranks about whom there is no record or fame, no fuss made about their dying so unknown, but I find in them the real precious and royal ones of this land… During the Civil War, Walt Whitman worked and lived in Washington D. The text and illustrations remind readers of the high cost of war. The power of words seemed to lure him on through his travels, and what he wrote was inspired by the events of the time, including the Civil War and the assassination of Although Walt Whitman may be an unusual choice for a children's biography about a poet who wrote for adults, this is a passionate tribute to a man who loved words in every form, whether in typesetting for newspaper articles, in newspaper articles he wrote himself, in the books that he read or in the poems that he began to craft. Admittedly, I don't know a whole lot about Whitman. They really add a new dimension to the book.
The poem became among his best-known, to the extent that Whitman almost regretted writing it later. Siburt Award Barbara Kerley did an exceptional job at turning the story of a famous poet's life into that of a hero's. He is a true hearted person who never gave up trying to beleive in his hopes of the war ending swiftly, and that his poems helped stop the war. Also, this book covers a majority of Whitman's life starting at age 12, so students really get to see how his writing and life progressed. The art is exceptional and adds to the reading experience. The illustrations are just beautiful. Perhaps most touching is when he would stay all night beside a hospital bed, so that a young soldier would not have to die alone.
Walt Whitman is the poet we are studying as part of our third term of work and I found this book as I was searching for books to read in introducing the poetry of Walt Whitman. A cultural force rendered with power and immediacy for a new generation. Walt Whiteman is a very worried person because when he saw his brother George's name in a news letter that he was injured Walt went straight to all the hospitals, and camps to find his son. He was a voice of America. I think there are many possibilities in units across social students, writing, and reading for Kerley's book to be a great source.
It makes for a truly comprehensive picture book, I can tell you. This is a very important fact because now I know that there were poets like Walt Whiteman who wrote about America, and her beautiful land. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about someone new! As the war continues, Kerley shows the relationship between Whitman and his embattled president who he would see on the streets of the capital. Read more of this review at: A great picture story Junior biography. Ah, what they are missing! I actually have a post in draft detailing what we're doing in our Morning Basket this term, how it looks, as well as resources, and it might give you some ideas for poetry.
The author makes it apparent in her writing the he had a love for words, America and its people. People live on through the words of a book and in a sense become immortalized. By the age of 19, Walt was writing and printing his own newspaper. From just skimming this book i learned alot about Walt Whitman, until reading this book i only knew he was a poet who lived in the woods for a number of years to prove a point to society. Original and captivating, these portraits of Walt are uncanning, accurately bringing him to life.
The amazing story of Walt Whitman, a man whose poems gave a voice for the American people. The illustrations are just beautiful. The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exhulting, While follow eyes the steady keep, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! The forest green cover is titled and embellished in gold and the center is cut out to frame an illustration of Walt Whitman as a young man. I picked it up today and read. You might even choose to memorize one or two of the poems during that term. The poetry beautifully captures the voice of real Americans, the real people suffering, and in it we can find passion for helpfulness and hope. I have started my own BoC, but I need to be better at putting things in it! I loved how the author presented this biography.