Friday, March 11, 2016

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Live Your Poem.

My selection is "City I Love" by Lee Bennett Hopkins with illustrations by Marcellus Hall.


"Sing a song of cities./If you do,/Cities will sing back/to you." is Hopkins' invitation to readers to follow a backpack toting hound on a global tour of cities via eighteen short poems that celebrate the urban landscape.  Hopkins finds much to enjoy and admire in each stop, the drama of skyscrapers, the simple fun of cooling off in a fire hydrant, the whoosh of subways, and the bustle of crowds. The localities are not named, but Hall provides visual clues to encourage the audience to do some exploring of their own by finding the localities on the endpaper maps.

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