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From daybreak to good night : poems for children
Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967.
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Toronto : Annick Press, 2001.
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24 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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PS3537.A618 F76 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3537.A618 F76 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A book of poetry to be shared and enjoyed--by young and old alike--by one of the grand masters of American poetry. From Daybreak to Good Night is a collection of enduring poems by celebrated American poet Carl Sandburg that are perfect for a young audience. The poems and illustrations work together, following a group of children through the day as they enjoy and participate in Sandburg's poetry.

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The son of Swedish immigrants, Sandburg was born in Galesburg, Illinois. At age 13 he left school to roam the Midwest; he remained on the road for six years, working as a day laborer. Sandburg served in the Spanish-American War and then, from 1898 to 1902, attended Lombard College in Galesburg. After college, he went to Milwaukee, where he worked as a journalist; he also married Lillian Steichen there in 1908. During World War I, he served as a foreign correspondent in Stockholm; after the war he returned to Chicago and continued to write about America, especially the common people. Sandburg's first poems to gain wide recognition appeared in Poetry magazine in 1914. Two years later he published his Chicago Poems (1916), and Cornhuskers appeared in 1918. Meanwhile, Sandburg set out to become an authority on Abraham Lincoln (see Vol. 3). His exhaustive biography of the president, which took many years to complete, appeared as Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (2 vols., 1926) and Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (4 vols., 1939), which won a Pulitzer Prize. Sandburg's poetry is untraditional in form. Drawing on Whitman as well as the imagists, its rhymeless and unmetered cadences reflect Midwestern speech, and its diction ranges from strong rhetoric to easygoing slang. Although he often wrote about the uncouth, the muscular, and the primitive, there was a pity and loving kindness that was a primary motive for his poetry. At Sandburg's death, Mark Van Doren, Archibald MacLeish, and President Lyndon Johnson delivered eulogies. In his tribute, President Johnson said that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America. . . . He gave us the truest and most enduring vision of our own greatness." The N.Y. Times described Sandburg as "poet, newspaper man, historian, wandering minstrel, collector of folk songs, spinner of tales for children, [whose] place in American letters is not easily categorized. But it is a niche that he has made uniquely his own." Sandburg was the labor laureate of the United States. Sandburg received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951 for his Complete Poems (1950). Among his many other awards were the gold medal for history and biography (1952) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Poetry Society of America's gold medal (1953) for distinguished achievement; and the Boston Arts Festival Award (1955) in recognition of "continuous meritorious contribution to the art of American poetry." In 1959 he traveled under the auspices of the Department of State to the U.S. Trade Fair in Moscow, and to Stockholm, Paris, and London. In 1960 he received a citation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a great living American for the "significant and lasting contribution which he has made to American literature." (Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Conceived as a kind of literary field trip to Carl Sandburg's North Carolina farm, From Daybreak to Good Night: Poems for Children, edited by Lynn Smith-Ary, places 11 of the poet's works in a pastoral setting. Smith-Ary's artwork portrays the young, multiethnic guests running up the lane to meet their host, enjoying a breakfast of fried eggs and cavorting near the pond as Sandburg lays beneath a tree reading a favorite Emily Dickinson poem. ( Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Sandburg's North Carolina farm is the bucolic setting for this poetic picture book. Beginning with "Daybreak" and "Fog" and closing with an excerpt from "Sleep Face" and "Good Night," the small gathering includes nine other pieces on spring and assorted animals. One or two selections are set on double-page scenes, in which the elderly Sandburg with his unruly mop of white hair entertains a group of children. Smith-Ary takes license both in handling the poetry and depicting the farm. Though it's not readily apparent, some of the entries are excerpts from longer poems, some have been re-named, and a few are by other poets. One bit of song lyric by Red Lewis is titled accordingly, but short pieces by Helga Sandburg and Emily Dickinson are only acknowledged at the end of the book. The folk-art scenes with crudely sketched animals, odd perspectives, and round-faced children are warmly colored in crayon and colored pencil on acetate. Unaccountably, a zebra appears in most scenes. This, too, is acknowledged in an endnote: "-he may have imagined a zebra roaming around the farm." Some of the poetic imagery may be beyond the young audience that will be attracted to the art. "Steamboats turn a curve in the Mississippi crying in a baritone that crosses/lowland cottonfields to a razorback hill." Adults who share Smith-Ary's fondness for Sandburg may find nuggets for sharing with just the right child.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.