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Small Talk by Lee Bennett Hopkins
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Special insight into this collection offered by Lee Bennett Hopkins: It is in this collection that he first met Rebecca Kai Dotlich and included one of her poems ("Ballooning Spiders") within a collection. Later, Dotlich would be/is a staple in the Hopkins collections. Both are a treasure in the genre of children's poetry.

Looking through this collection is like a wonderful blending of classic/canon and the contemporary children's poets in the time of publishing of SMALL TALK. Today, it reads like a Who's Who of NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award Winners to include this year's winner, J. Patrick Lewis ("Robin").

Langston Hughes finds himself juxtaposed with Lilian Moore while Robert Frost nestles up against a piece offered by Lillian M. Fisher and. . .if you are keeping score. . .our friend Jane Yolen offers a piece within the collection (I'll never read them all) and how appropriate that her piece would be placed close enough to Christina J. Rossetti so as to display the timelessness of both poets.


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