Liz Strode's Reviews > 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

19 Varieties of Gazelle by Naomi Shihab Nye
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AWARD AND HONORS: ALA Notable Children’s Book, Parents' Choice Silver Honor, School Library Journal Best Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, National Book Award Finalist, Horn Book Fanfare

In response to the attacks on 9/11 Naomi compiled these poems from the Middle East to help us see the connectedness we have with others. I found myself reading and rereading many of the poems in this collection over and over again. I am drawn most to her poems that use everyday objects as metaphors for other things in life, like struggle, fear, loss, and togetherness. Two examples would be "Olive Jar" and "Stain" I think using poems like these with children would be great--they provide the metaphor and allows students to visualize and infer meaning.
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December 6, 2011 – Shelved as: award-honor-book
December 6, 2011 – Shelved
December 6, 2011 – Shelved as: multi-cultural-literature
December 6, 2011 – Shelved as: poetry
December 6, 2011 – Shelved as: wide-reading-project
December 6, 2011 – Shelved as: ya
January 22, 2014 – Shelved as: personal-library

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