Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets – written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illustrated by Ekua Holmes


       Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets – written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Candlewick Press, (9780763680947), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Genre:  Poetry

What did you like about the book? Three authors, led by the amazing Kwame Alexander, recreate the styles and themes of twenty of Alexander’s favorite poets. The focus moves from writing in the same style, to writing about similar topics, then to thanking the authors for their inspiring creations. In the Preface, Alexander states his intention to “pay tribute to the poets being celebrated…” He accomplishes his mission admirably. These tribute poems are better appreciated if readers are familiar with the originals and readers may be inspired to track the originals down of authors they don’t already know. Mini bios of the poets appear at the end. The illustrations are universally vibrant and joyous. This is a wonderful addition to children’s poetry offerings.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No, this is impressive in all ways.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to English teachers and to lovers of poetry from about fourth to seventh grade.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with poetry books in 811.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/23/17

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