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I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage

Lee & Low. Oct. 2019. 56p. ed. by Hopkins, Lee Bennett, ed. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781620143117.
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Gr 3-8–This vibrant quilt of poetry and art features the works of 30 unique poets and artists from a wide array of cultural backgrounds. Poems recount the writers’ memories of their family traditions and how their experiences growing up in America as second-generation children often shaped their views of their heritage and cultural identity. Contributors such as Kwame Alexander, Jorge Tetl Argueta, Nick Bruel, and Janet S. Wong offer a varied approach to poetic form, allowing readers to experience rhythm, meter, and verse. Illustrations using all types of media sing through the pages. Each poet’s work is preceded by a statement addressing what poetry means to them and how its format can tap into a person’s heart and soul.
VERDICT Pairing the works of some of today’s most important voices in children’s poetry with illustrations by artists of equal talent makes this is a must-have for all elementary and middle grade collections.

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