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Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant
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Jan 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: challenged, historical, poetry, rms, photography
Read on January 28, 2010

Depression-era photographs by Walker Evans are paired with poems by Cynthia Rylant. Rylant's simplicity captures the essence of the time period, giving you genuine glimpses into the struggles of the era. These poems will linger with you, haunting you long after you've finished reading.

A sixth grade class was using this as part of their poetry unit, and a student found the poem that begins, "Of course it was hard to make love/ with the children in the room." Understandably, the teacher did not want that particular poem used by her sixth graders. Mature teens, however, will see the beauty in these poems.

This would be an excellent book to use in an American History class to bring the Great Depression to life.
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