World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

48p. index. reprods. Abrams. Mar. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419728457.
Gr 5 Up—Hopkins's latest gathers poetry from some of contemporary children's literature's established authors (most of which are not specifically known for writing poetry) inspired by artwork held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many of the paintings, from Mary Cassatt's "Young Mother Sewing" to Oide Toko's "Cat Watching a Spider," include children or animals. The specially commissioned poems, which easily lend themselves to reading aloud, are well matched with their individual artwork and can be excellent springboards for further discussion about the picture. The art is annotated with its title, date of creation, name of artist, and type. Artists include José Guadalupe Posada, Frank Henderson, and Devidasa of Nurpur; poets include Alma Flor Ada, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and J. Patrick Lewis. Two artists are women; by contrast, three poets are men. Back matter includes short biographies of the poets and artists, as well as credits and an index (information about the museum, other than a standard author's bio on the jacket, is not included).
VERDICT Recommended for larger libraries in need of a sophisticated and thoughtful poetry collection.

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