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A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English) Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand. Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history. What better time to introduce your A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English) Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand. Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history. What better time to introduce your children to the written word than now? This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids. Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a primary authority Whitman's poetry. Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand. Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections.


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A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English) Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand. Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history. What better time to introduce your A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children (National Council of Teachers of English) Introduce your children to the beautiful words of classic American poet, Walt Whitman. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman makes the work engaging and easy to understand. Walt Whitman is considered by many to be one of the most prolific poets in American history. What better time to introduce your children to the written word than now? This collection of thirty-five of Walt's best works has been carefully curated for kids. Each piece of work is lovingly illustrated, and are both presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbenier, PhD, a primary authority Whitman's poetry. Walt Whitman includes enlightening commentary for each poem, definitions of key words, and a foreword by the expert so that kids, or even parents new to poems, will understand. Starting off with "I Hear America Singing," the collection includes excerpts from "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!", poems from Leaves of Grass, and many more thought-provoking, descriptive, and kid-friendly selections.

30 review for Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Walt Whitman “liberated poetry from traditional rhyme and meter,” and he “preached equality across gender, race, and class.” And he did all of this in the 1800s, which makes him a poet I want to love, yet I still struggle to connect with his work. I did appreciate his Civil War Poetry and Prose, but it's not hard to pull my heart strings on the topic of abolitionists or Abraham Lincoln. So, I bought this Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman, with the hopes that if I didn't find new ways to love Whitman, Walt Whitman “liberated poetry from traditional rhyme and meter,” and he “preached equality across gender, race, and class.” And he did all of this in the 1800s, which makes him a poet I want to love, yet I still struggle to connect with his work. I did appreciate his Civil War Poetry and Prose, but it's not hard to pull my heart strings on the topic of abolitionists or Abraham Lincoln. So, I bought this Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman, with the hopes that if I didn't find new ways to love Whitman, maybe my children would. I started reading his early poems to my two youngest kids, and one of them literally ran from the room with her hands over her ears. The other one looked up at me in disgust and said, “Why aren't they written in English?” Well, I'd call that a success, wouldn't you? I made them listen to the others while they were taking a bath, so they'd have some distraction from my readings and nothing, absolutely NOTHING happened until I arrived at the rousing “O Captain! My Captain!” Then, both girls stopped their playing and splashing and were silent. When I finished, there was still silence, and my youngest said sadly, “Who died?” My middle child grasped more of the meaning and asked, “Who is his Captain?” My kids know I am positively devoted to Abraham Lincoln and are quite familiar with his story, so we discussed Whitman's tribute to Lincoln and we shed a few good tears. I then read, “Come Up From the Fields Father,” another serious tear-jerker, and then finished with “I Sing the Body Electric,” Whitman's beautiful twist on the terrors of a slave auction. I found it interesting that my kids responded to his Civil War poetry best. I've shared the same view, though I've tried to add more to my repertoire. I did take away one new poem that I love from this collection, the Sixth Excerpt from “Song of Myself:” I depart as air. . . I shake my white locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags. I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again, look for me under your bootsoles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre to your blood. Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place, search another, I stop some where, waiting for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I have loved the poetry of Walt Whitman for most of my life. One of the earliest volumes of poetry I bought myself was Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. I was sixteen years old and read the poems over and over. Many years later I was in a choral group that sang Ralph Vaughn William's Sea Symphony, based on Whitman's poetry, a work that endures as one of my favorites. The idea of bringing Whitman's poetry and vision of human experience to children is dear to my heart. And today, the birthday of Wal I have loved the poetry of Walt Whitman for most of my life. One of the earliest volumes of poetry I bought myself was Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. I was sixteen years old and read the poems over and over. Many years later I was in a choral group that sang Ralph Vaughn William's Sea Symphony, based on Whitman's poetry, a work that endures as one of my favorites. The idea of bringing Whitman's poetry and vision of human experience to children is dear to my heart. And today, the birthday of Walt Whitman, I was glad to read the newest Poetry for Kids volume on Walt Whitman. Thirty-five poems or poem excerpts include Whitman's favorite poem, A Noiseless Patient Spider, and his well-known poem upon the death of President Lincoln, O Captain! My Captain! An Introduction, commentary on each poem, and definitions are included as parent/teacher helps. The illustrations are beautiful. When I came to On the Beach at Night I was moved to tears. "On the beach at night, Stands a child with her father, Watching the east, the autumn sky./Up through the darkness, While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading. Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky. Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east, Ascends large and ale the lord-star Jupiter. And nigh at hand, only a very little above, Swim the delicate sisters the Pleiades." Seeing the stars and Jupiter buried under the clouds, the child weeps. Her father comforts the child, saying, "Weep not, child,/Weep not, my darling,/With these kisses let me remove your tears,/The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious." And the father continues, "Something there is more immortal even than the stars." Children watch as the world descends into darkness, the clouds of war obliterating happiness and peace. I remember sensing my parent's fear during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the feeling of vulnerability when President Kennedy was assassinated. I remember watching the second tower fall on 9-11, and helping my son pack his most precious things in a bag in preparation. I had hoped he would grow up in a better world. And here is Whitman telling us that there is something more powerful than darkness, something eternal that tends toward clarity and light that we can trust in. I look at the world today and how we are tending toward darkness, how the center is not holding. What can we say to our children about the future? Whitman has given us a voice. It is the gift of poetry to say what we long to hear, what we need to believe, but are unable to articulate. I received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morris

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  4. 5 out of 5

    j e w e l s

    The greatest gift to a child is instilling a love for words, books, poetry and art. In this digital age, it is more important than ever that we don't lose touch with the fundamental basics of the arts. This lovely book POETRY FOR KIDS: WALT WHITMAN is one that a child could treasure for a long time. This beautifully illustrated edition is filled with excerpts of Walt Whitman's musings on nature, life, childhood and old age. Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets for good reason. He to The greatest gift to a child is instilling a love for words, books, poetry and art. In this digital age, it is more important than ever that we don't lose touch with the fundamental basics of the arts. This lovely book POETRY FOR KIDS: WALT WHITMAN is one that a child could treasure for a long time. This beautifully illustrated edition is filled with excerpts of Walt Whitman's musings on nature, life, childhood and old age. Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets for good reason. He took free verse style poetry to extreme new levels. His works are closer to prose than poetry, but achingly gorgeous in theme and symbolism. Whitman detested slavery and abhorred the way Native Americans were annihilated in the name of civilization. He came from humble roots and remained poor most of his life, giving away what little money he earned to causes close to his heart. His compassion for humanity and deep love of nature is evident throughout his poetry. Each poetry excerpt is completed with a small vocabulary paragraph at the bottom of the page to help younger readers decipher new words. At the end of the book there is a section entitled, WHAT WALT WAS THINKING, and each poem is explained a bit further in detail. This edition would make Walt Whitman happy. He wanted all ages to enjoy his work and look deeper at themselves in relation to nature and the universe. A beautiful book to give away or keep for yourself.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a well written book. Nice illustrations. Good choice of poems, and who knows, perhaps children Weill get into this, and enjoy it. However, though I know Walt Whitman is a very important poet, and that we should all introduce children to reading him, as an adult I found I was only drawn to a few of these poems, so I wonder how children would take to them. The book itself is nicely done, though I would have had the history timeline notes with each poem, so we would understand what was impor This is a well written book. Nice illustrations. Good choice of poems, and who knows, perhaps children Weill get into this, and enjoy it. However, though I know Walt Whitman is a very important poet, and that we should all introduce children to reading him, as an adult I found I was only drawn to a few of these poems, so I wonder how children would take to them. The book itself is nicely done, though I would have had the history timeline notes with each poem, so we would understand what was important about each poem, such as "O Captain My Captain". This was written about Licoln's assaination, which Whitman was a contemparty of. To just present the poem without even a little background does not make a child understand it any more than what it says on the surface. Of course, not all poems have to bone explained, and, as a child, I loved poetry, and still have my big book of poetry, which, like this book, do not explain the poem's background next to the poem. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Poetry for Kinds: Walt Whitman' by Walt Whitman with editing by Karen Karbiener, PhD and illustrations by Kate Evans is a well curated introduction to the life and work of one of America's greatest poets. The included poems are broken up by section based on phases in Whitman's life. There are poems about his childhood, his time as a wound-dresser in the Civil War and as an older man. The poems are many times excerpts and include annotations to explain difficult phrases (or ones that the poet mad 'Poetry for Kinds: Walt Whitman' by Walt Whitman with editing by Karen Karbiener, PhD and illustrations by Kate Evans is a well curated introduction to the life and work of one of America's greatest poets. The included poems are broken up by section based on phases in Whitman's life. There are poems about his childhood, his time as a wound-dresser in the Civil War and as an older man. The poems are many times excerpts and include annotations to explain difficult phrases (or ones that the poet made up). There are poems which show that he wanted to abolish slavery and that he supported the rights of women. At the end of the book, there is a section telling when the poem was written and what Walt Whitman was likely thinking. Each page also has illustrations that fit with the poem and the poet's age. It's a really good introduction to this great poet. His style may seem atypical for children since his poems don't have meter or rhyming, but I think it's really well presented. I received a review copy of this ebook from Moondance Press, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    I like the idea of this series. I'm sure that I'd love other volumes, but I am ambivalent about Whitman and that affected my enjoyment of this tome. I like the idea of this series. I'm sure that I'd love other volumes, but I am ambivalent about Whitman and that affected my enjoyment of this tome.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J Aislynn d'Merricksson

    ***This book was reviewed for Moondance Press via Netgalley Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman introduces young readers to one of America's greatest poets. There are four sections, devoted to different aspects of Whitman's life and works. The first section, 'Starting from Paumanok’ looks at his earliest works and inspirations. The second section, 'Walt Whitman, a Kosmos, of Manhattan the Son’, focuses on works of his artistic maturity. Section three, 'The Wound-dresser’, showcases Whitman's Civil War ***This book was reviewed for Moondance Press via Netgalley Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman introduces young readers to one of America's greatest poets. There are four sections, devoted to different aspects of Whitman's life and works. The first section, 'Starting from Paumanok’ looks at his earliest works and inspirations. The second section, 'Walt Whitman, a Kosmos, of Manhattan the Son’, focuses on works of his artistic maturity. Section three, 'The Wound-dresser’, showcases Whitman's Civil War inspired poetry. The final section, ‘The Good Grey Poet’, looks at poetry from his elder years. Each section defines unusual or uncommon words for the reader, including Walt-centric words such as 'camerado’, his word for a (true and loyal) friend. At the very end is a section with brief explanations of each poem or poem excerpt within. Adding to the atmosphere of the book are colourful pictures on every page depicting aspects of the poem in question, with Walt himself wandering the pages. 📚📚📚📚📚 Highly recommended. Great introduction to Whitman's poetry, and to an appreciation of poetry in general.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vintage274

    Introducing poetry to kids is not an easy task. As a retired educator, I welcome any books that make it easier to inspire young people to explore poetry. This book is so beautifully illustrated that I'm certain it will be picked up. The poetry included is excellent. That being said, I wish there were more direction in helping the young person to interpret the poetry for more than just face value. After the poems, a section for what Whitman was thinking in writing each poem provides a little back Introducing poetry to kids is not an easy task. As a retired educator, I welcome any books that make it easier to inspire young people to explore poetry. This book is so beautifully illustrated that I'm certain it will be picked up. The poetry included is excellent. That being said, I wish there were more direction in helping the young person to interpret the poetry for more than just face value. After the poems, a section for what Whitman was thinking in writing each poem provides a little background, but those entries tend to be superficial at best. Without some interpretive help, The Learned Astronomer is not a "Wow!" moment; without knowing that Whitman was mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln, "O, Captain, My Captain" could be any ship's leader. This book is a great start, but it could do so much more. A thought provoking question or two after each entry might spark a student response. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Cass

    I love, love, love Walt Whitman...truly. I enjoyed this version "for kids"...seeing many of his stories illustrated and (in quite a few cases), heavily cut down for appropriateness. After all, many of Whitman's poems, when examined, are not precisely designed for children. I was surprised to see some of the poem's title, knowing what sort of lines the full poems contained...however, everything was perfectly whittled down appropriately for the target audience. Little thing about this that I really I love, love, love Walt Whitman...truly. I enjoyed this version "for kids"...seeing many of his stories illustrated and (in quite a few cases), heavily cut down for appropriateness. After all, many of Whitman's poems, when examined, are not precisely designed for children. I was surprised to see some of the poem's title, knowing what sort of lines the full poems contained...however, everything was perfectly whittled down appropriately for the target audience. Little thing about this that I really liked, giving the audience...the explanation of certain words after each poem or excerpt that are no longer common in our vernacular. *Received a copy free via netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stacey M

    I was very impressed with this volume. It has poems and excerpts of poems by Walt Whitman. Each poem has vocab words define that may give the kids trouble. It has lovely illustrations that accomany each poem. It also has brief explainations of the poems in the back to help kids understand the context. I would highly recommend this to kids who are interested in poetry. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published on May 1st, 2017.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emili

    I chose to have a poetry genre because I read a study about the positive impact poetry can make on a child. This a great way for children to be able to become more aware of shared cultural terms and ideas as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Must be read over and over

  14. 5 out of 5

    N

    I think I'll use these more with my high school students. They are beautifully illustrated and contain definitions, but I'm not so sure kids would love them... I think I'll use these more with my high school students. They are beautifully illustrated and contain definitions, but I'm not so sure kids would love them...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS 2017; MoonDance Press/Quarto Group I am loving this "Poetry for Kids" series. It has amazing illustrations, with some biographical information, and great excerpts of work or poetry. I have read a few of Walt Whitman's poems, but he has been on. my list to read more of. This series is great as an introduction to an author. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.*** RATING: 4 STARS 2017; MoonDance Press/Quarto Group I am loving this "Poetry for Kids" series. It has amazing illustrations, with some biographical information, and great excerpts of work or poetry. I have read a few of Walt Whitman's poems, but he has been on. my list to read more of. This series is great as an introduction to an author. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I love this series, Poetry for Kids. It has beautiful illustrations and the print if very kid friendly. I would recommend every parent and grandparent buy these books to foster not only poetry but reading in general for children. Great for 8 years or older, adults will also enjoy the picture and the very helpful glossary at the end of each poem. This series keeps adding books and the poets they pick are diverse and have varied styles. Libraries should have these as part of their core collection. I love this series, Poetry for Kids. It has beautiful illustrations and the print if very kid friendly. I would recommend every parent and grandparent buy these books to foster not only poetry but reading in general for children. Great for 8 years or older, adults will also enjoy the picture and the very helpful glossary at the end of each poem. This series keeps adding books and the poets they pick are diverse and have varied styles. Libraries should have these as part of their core collection. They don't overwhelm the reader but are incentive to pick up more .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Orsayor

    Enjoyable read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sammm

    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is just a little under 50 pages (a guide I use to decide whether or not to add a picture book onto my GR account), but there's actually wayyyyyyyyyy more words than I expect to read in a picture book, so I'm belatedly adding it here. xD A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is just a little under 50 pages (a guide I use to decide whether or not to add a picture book onto my GR account), but there's actually wayyyyyyyyyy more words than I expect to read in a picture book, so I'm belatedly adding it here. xD

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through NetGalley and Edelweiss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky Kondritz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tina Morrow

  22. 5 out of 5

    Storywraps

    This beautiful book of poems is a perfect introduction to the famous American poet Walt Whitman. There are 35 carefully chosen poems for kids to enjoy. The poems are presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbiener, PhD, a Whitman expert. Each poem features commentary on its content, definitions of perhaps unfamiliar words to a child, and an enlightening forward that gives educational background on the poet himself and how the book is designed. The illustrations make the This beautiful book of poems is a perfect introduction to the famous American poet Walt Whitman. There are 35 carefully chosen poems for kids to enjoy. The poems are presented and explained by New York University professor Karen Karbiener, PhD, a Whitman expert. Each poem features commentary on its content, definitions of perhaps unfamiliar words to a child, and an enlightening forward that gives educational background on the poet himself and how the book is designed. The illustrations make the words come alive contributing a visual form of poetry themselves. The collection features a variety of poems that are kid-friendly and describe life as Walt Whitman saw it. I love at the end of the book a section entitled "What Walt Was Thinking". Here is a taste of one of his poems... A Woman Waits For Me (excerpt) They are not one jot less than I am, They are tanned in the face by shining suns and blowing winds, Their flesh has the old divine suppleness and strength, They know how to swim, row, ride, wrestle, shoot, run, strike, retreat, advance, resist, defend themselves, They are ultimate in their own right -- they are calm, clear, well-possess'd of themselves. Jot: bit (Walt is thinking of tiny drips from his pen) Suppleness: flexibility At the back of the book from: What Walt was Thinking A Woman Waits for Me (1860): Women's rights and abolitionism were two revolutionary movements that developed simultaneously in the mid-nineteenth century. In his journalism, Walk had long defended women's rights for fair salaries and equal treatment. This poem celebrates their strength of character as well as their physical bodies. His ideas were considered so progressive that this pen was banned from publication in 1882. I highly recommend this book (and this series). It would be a beautiful collection to own and what better month to start than April when we celebrate National Poetry Month.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stef

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Russell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Trott

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas & Megan Clinch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laretta

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