February 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

Paul B. Janeczko. illus. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick.

Gr 3 Up–This ambitious themed anthology traces the evolution of poetry from the Middle Ages to the present day by selecting 50 pieces from around the world written about single objects—a cat, street lanterns, manhole covers—or natural occurrences—clouds, snowflakes, a rose. The sweeping disparate selections are unified and vivified by Raschka’s dazzling watercolor interpretations. A poetic stroll through time.

Paul B. Janeczko on Poetry, Anthologizing, and Shelfies