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More spice than sugar : poems about feisty females
Morrison, Lillian.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2001]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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In this collection of poems celebrating high-spirited girls and women, you will meet independent spirits -- young rebels, hardy pioneers, mavericks, athletes, and heroines -- who dared difficult tasks and who show the strength of the human spirit in the face of hardship. With considerably more spice than sugar, these poems present the many faces of active, bold, brave, and sometimes funny girls. Real girls. Compiled by poet Lillian Morrison, this thoughtful and inspiring anthology speaks to the hopes, passions, and convictions of girls and young women. Some of the poets included are Emily Dickinson, Stanley Kunitz, Eve Merriam, X. J. Kennedy, Nikki Giovanni, and others. An appendix includes helpful background information.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. For a younger audience than It's a Woman's World [BKL Mr 15 00], this lively anthology includes many contemporary children's poets as well as some classic adult writers. The design leaves lots of white space, with one poem per page, illustrated with Ann Boyajian's small, energetic charcoal sketches. There are brief, useful notes at the back on the poets and sometimes on the subject. The poems are in three sections: about identity, about women in sports, and about women who stood up for human rights. The people include both the famous and the ordinary (Morrison's own "Rosie the Rollerblader" ). Many readers will appreciate rebellious Emily Dickinson, who refused to be still, even when "They put me in the Closet." Just one quibble, though: that word feisty in the subtitle has an old-fashioned, condescending ring. Women are stronger than that, as the fine poems in this anthology show. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

New poetry collections address femininity, family, pets and more. More Spice Than Sugar: Poems About Feisty Females, ed. by Lillian Morrison, illus. by Ann Boyajian, begins with Nikki Giovanni's life-affirming "the drum" and closes with William Collins's "Captain Molly," who saved the day at the battle of Monmouth during the American Revolution. In between are tales of past heroines (Eloise Greenfield's "Harriet Tubman"; Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?") and words of inspiration (Marianne Moore's "I May, I Might, I Must"; Alice Walker's "Women"). Boyajian's drawings capture the strength and pioneering spirit of this stalwart cast. ( Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Divided into three sections, "When I Am Me," "She's a Winner," and "Against the Odds," Morrison's selections tell of real and imagined girls and women, famous or nameless, but all true-to-life. Whether it's a poet writing about herself (Marianne Moore's "I May, I Might, I Must"; Emily Dickinson's "[The Poet Emily]") or about others (Alice Walker's "Women," Eloise Greenfield's "Harriet Tubman," Stanley Kunitz's "Girl with Sampler"), these poems are accessible, inspiring, and challenging. Some are available in other collections, although not in this context. This book is an appealing size and length, and Boyajian's black-and-white spot illustrations decorate every page without hampering the effect of the words. Notes at the end give a few lines of background on people mentioned in the poems. There is no index, so readers looking for a specific poem will need to browse, but they will be glad they did.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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