Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Around the World in Eighty Poems by James Berry

I’m not a huge fan of poetry myself, but I found this collection of books very interesting and at some points funny. I think it’s great that it includes some other countries such as Guyana to the Arctic Circle, that you would never think to include besides just your standard Mexico and European countries. Some poems are lighthearted, some are serious, and together they evoke a world that's both exotic and familiar. With poems from more than 50 different countries and beautiful illustrations, Around the World in Eighty Poems invites children to share in the richness of cultures around the globe. Can be used it in both reading and social studies classes. The drawings are stunning and the selected poems are wonderful.

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