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Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman (Poetry for Young People)

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"An outstanding introduction to Whitman's life and work. This superb volume can be used to teach literature or to show a variety of poetic devices and style."--"School Library Journal"
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Sterling (first published 1977)
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Lstirl
Dec 02, 2008 Lstirl rated it really liked it
A nicely illustrated introduction to the classic poetry of Walt Whitman.

Ages 10-16

I hate to disagree with classics but I found the majority of this book to be tedious to read silently to myself, I cannot imagine having a sit down read aloud with a small child of this entire volume, front to back. I appreciate the premise behind this book as a way of introducing the beauty of this classic poetry, however, I would argue that these poems need to be appreciated one or two at a time for a young child
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Cynthia
Mar 23, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
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This book of poems by Walt Whitman begins with Levin describing Whitman’s life and the subjects he write about in his poems. Whitman loved to travel and write about the common everyday people and things he encountered on these travels. During the early stages of his writing, people didn’t have an open mind for the structure and subjects of his works. Reading through the poems gives you the feeling of being with Whitman on his journeys throughout the land. The brightly colored illustration
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Johncady
Sep 26, 2012 Johncady rated it it was amazing
Walt Whitman was one of the most important and influential writers in American history, and this book is a good way to introduce new readers to his poetry. After the author biography, the first section of the book is mainly Whitman's poems about American society and life. The second portion focuses on his works surrounding the Civil War and the death of Abraham Lincoln, two events that he lived through and affected him as much as they affected the entire country. The last portion is some of his ...more
Miguel Padilla
Dec 18, 2016 Miguel Padilla rated it it was amazing
I liked this poetry book. It talked a lot about the past during the Civil War. One of my favorite poems in this book is "O Captain!" "My Captain!". It Talks about the end of the Civil War and that the plan to end slavery was a success. But at the end of every stanza, it say "Where on the deck my captain lies, Fallen cold and dead." This refers to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. I recommend this book to people who love poetry and like to read Walt Whitman's poetry.
Alma
Dec 03, 2011 Alma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Levin, Jonathan. Poetry for Young People, Walt Whitman. Scholastic. 1997. 48 pp. ISBN: 0439375452. Genre: Poetry, Non-fiction, series
Rating: 4.00 Stars. A collection of poems written by Walt Whitman.

Summary: At the beginning of the book, there is a brief summary about Walt Whitman. The remaining of the book is a collection of poems written by Walt Whitman, edited by Jonathan Levin and beautiful pictures illustrated by Jim Burke. Poems also contain a brief summary, giving the setting of when the
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Tanya Diehl
While I am an avid reader, I rarely like poetry. This book is a mix of poettry by Walt Whitman. Often it is excerpts of the poems. I tried to find one that I liked and I couldn't. If kids are interested in poetry, I imagine this would be a good book to recommend. It has colorful drawings and it tells what some of the words mean at the bottom of each page. For me though, the most interesting part of the book was the 5 page biography at the beginning of the book.
jacky
Nov 19, 2007 jacky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
I don't like Whitman as much as Frost and Dickinson, so that made an impact on my judgment of this book. Like the others in this series, I think a book such as this is a good way to introduce "classic" poems to kids, and the illustrations, although literal, are helpful for comprehension.
Michelle
Sep 05, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young poets
Shelves: children-s, classic
A good selection of poems from Whitman that children could enjoy. I thought the illustrations matched the style of the poetry. No need to argue Whitman's place in literature although he is probably not my favorite poet.
Theresa
Apr 30, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
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a good selection of poems
and information about the poems explaining them to children
i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations
Theresa
Apr 30, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good selection of poems
and information about the poems explaining them to children
i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations
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Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during
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