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The Invisible Ladder: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sitting by the barbecue
waiting for sausages and hot dogs
I see a tiny spider
a silver speck
at its mouth,
climbing the invisible ladder

--from "Dinner Together" by Diana Rivera

This anthology of poems by America's best poets glistens too, and offers its own silvery ladder for readers to climb.

Liz Rosenberg, herself an accomplished poet, wanted to ma
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Liz Rosenberg's anthology of poems for young readers is a very poorly chosen collection and I would not add this to a classroom library. Having taught poetry to middle school students, I have also encountered a lot of hesitation and frustration when it has come to understanding and relating to the poems. Poems included in Rosenberg's anthology are supposed to be relatable for young readers (I took the age range to be middle school) yet almsot all poems included are dense and not student-friendly ...more
Michelle Young
Jun 30, 2008 Michelle Young rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry teachers
I wish there were a way to indicate separate ratings for the concept of a book and the actual product. For example, this book is wonderfully unique in that it selects "real poems" for young people that aren't either rhymey-wimey or by old/dead people. It's contemporary poetry that is accessible to older children and teens.

However, I didn't care for most of the poems (though frankly I am incredibly picky when it comes to poetry, even with my favorite poets). But there were a good number that I di
Tina Starr
Best anthology of poems for young kids that I know. Great selections and I love, love the photos and commentaries. I knew this book long before I read her novel Home Repair, which I also really like. Guess that's often true for me-- sometimes I just read through everything by a particular author and then keep going till I run out.
Miguel Melchor
Great selection of poems good for some more sophisticated elementary school right on up to high schoolers, and way beyond. A terrific selection of poems and pictures Great for both kids and adults, with comments about the connections between poetry and childhood. A great anthology for poetry lovers of all ages.
Gina Fiedel
Beautiful collection of poems. I find not only do young people respomd but all my friends end up wanting as copy as well. This amazing collection includes photos of the poets as children and adults plus their commentary. An exquisite and thoughtful collection.
Paul Eliat
Love this collection. The poems are superb, the photos and commentary add greatly to the effect of the whole. This book is ideal for teachers and home-schoolers since it's practically a poetry class as well as a great collection.
It was a book about all these different poetry witters, it was interesting and I would recommend it if you were into the whole poetry history thing.
George Green
One of my favorite poetry anthologies. Also enjoy I just Hope It's Lethal by the same editor.
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Liz Rosenberg is an American poet, novelist, children's book author, and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University.
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