Poetry Friday is hosted today by Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference
My selection is -- "Lives : poems about famous Americans" selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Leslie Staub.
Well-known anthologist, Hopkins, has collected fourteen poems, 12 of which were commissioned for this volume in which the lives of famous Americans are remembered. Poets from J. Patrick Lewis to Jane Yolen, each a familiar name to poetry lovers, a variey of poetic forms to capture the essentials of such notables as Abraham Lincoln or Langston Hughes, Sacagawea and Eleanor Roosevelt. Subjects range from the sports with Babe Ruth to the space exploration of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren. Staub enriches the historic sensibility with antique style portraits of her subjects to share each double-page spread.This book is a valuable resource both as an introduction to many of these illustrious Americans or better yet as a model that elevates the traditional notion of a biography report to a new level with a poem and art project.