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This place I know : poems of comfort
Heard, Georgia.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
47 pages ; 27 cm
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PS586.3 .T553 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS586.3 .T553 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In September 2001, New York poetry anthologist Heard was asked to compile a collection of poems of comfort for schoolchildren in lower Manhattan. The result is this volume full of richly diverse and powerfully life-affirming verse by 18 noted poets, including Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Full-color illustrations.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. To offer children consolation after the sorrow of September 11, Heard has collected 18 well-known poems that speak of grief and comfort, and each poem is opposite an original, full-page illustration by a picture-book artist. There's no bibliotherapy, but the images in both the words and the pictures are about fear, loss, and connection. Ann Turner's poem "The Beginning," which celebrates New York, appears opposite Chris Raschka's dynamic painting of the view from Manhattan Bridge. Wendell Berry's "Peace of Wild Things" is about the comfort of solitary places. Perhaps the most riveting double-page spread features Karla Kuskin's elemental poem of friendship ("I think I could do anything at all, / if you were there"), perfectly matched by William Steig's ink-and-crayon drawing of a boy and his dog. There are great poems by Langston Hughes, Lillian Morrison, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Gwendolyn Brooks, and more. In most cases the art doesn't overwhelm the words and both will get children talking about the things to hold onto when times are hard. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Created especially for New York City schoolchildren, This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort edited by Georgia Heard includes 18 works, beginning with Eloise Greenfield's "This Place," and including poems by Karla Kuskin, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman and Heard herself. Each is paired with illustrations by artists such as Kevin Hawkes, Chris Raschka, Petra Mathers and William Steig. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book benefit Save the Children. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1 Up-In memory of the September 11th tragedy, this book was compiled initially to offer hope and comfort to children who witnessed the event firsthand, but has far broader application, speaking to all people, young and old, who suffer trauma. Eighteen poems, by contemporary and 19th-century poets, deal with loss, fear, and grief, and touch on feelings deep within, reminding readers that goodness and love prevail, after all, and that there is enduring strength in the constancy of nature. Work by 18 well-known children's book illustrators such as William Steig, Petra Mathers, Chris Raschka, and Elisa Kleven reflects each artist's unique style and complement the poems. A multicultural dimension to the words and pictures gives this title universal application, as life throughout the world is celebrated.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.