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Behind the Wheel: Poems About Driving

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Forget kindergarten, sharing.

Everything you need to know

you learn right here

behind the wheel."

So begins the title poem of this collection for young adults in which Janet S. Wong looks at driving as a metaphor for life. Through thirty-six poems that range in subject from passing the written driver's test and borrowing a car, to parallel parking and being pulled over by a c
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Hardcover, 44 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Montserrat Ocampo
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Behind the Wheel by Janet S. Wong was honestly a good poetry book. Each page or poem was entertaining to read, they weren't too long nor too short. In my opinion, the details of how driving works were good details to keep in mind when driving. Especially certain pages/ poems about crashing or being stopped by a police were so good and descriptive. You could almost feel the fear. I rate this book a 5/5.
Katy
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Forget kindergarten,

sharing.

Everything you need to know

you learn right here

behind the wheel.

So begins the title poem of this collection for young adults in which Janet S. Wong looks at driving as a metaphor for life. Through thirty-six poems that range in subject from passing the written driver's test and borrowing a car, to parallel parking and being pulled over by a cop, to car accidents and parents' anxieties, the poet succeeds in touching on all the subjects of concern to young people -- lov
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Fatima
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad, some of the poems like Stuff and you Have Got To were really good. Overall not a bad quick read.
Scott Whitney
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Some of the poems are very metaphoric while being about driving on the surface and life between the lines. Others are a little more shallow. I liked many of them, but the metaphor became overworked in time.
Liz
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Slight volume of poetry for young adults. Just enough to keep them interested. Good advice about driving and life, not crammed down their throats. 1 problem, it was written in 1999, so no talk about phones or texting. I'm giving it to my step grandson for Christmas
Leonard
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a brief collection of driving poems for teenagers. Interesting, original and fortunately not long enough to get tiring.
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this a poerty book about driving and abot how much this family wants to be save they dont wanna wake up without knowing if they died or not in the car crash
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Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Southern and Northern California. As part of her undergraduate program at UCLA, she spent her junior year in France, studying art history at the Université de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art.

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