Sit back and travel the universe through the imagination of Walt Whitman. From the depths of the sea to the far reaches of the cosmos, from the songs of America’s workers to the plight of America’s slaves, you’re about to embark on an experience you’ll never forget! More than twenty-five of Walt Whitman’s most popular poems, including “O Captain! My Captain!,” “I Hear America Singing,” and many selections from Leaves of Grass, have been gathered and stunningly illustrated in this wonderful collection.
About the Author
Jonathan Levin is Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of Literature and Culture at Purchase College, SUNY. He lives in the Riverdale, New York with his wife Erica, daughter Toby, and their twenty-one-year-old, Whitman-loving cat Rosa.
Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman was Jim Burke’s first illustrated picture book, created in 1996. He has since illustrated a number of lauded children’s books, including Take Me Out to the Ball Game which he created to coincide with Jack Norworth’s 1908 lyrics. Jim has won numerous accolades for his paintings, including a Gold Medal from the prestigious Society of Illustrators in New York City. Jim, his wife, and their young daughter live in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Walt Whitman children's poetry book is great for the classroom. I used this version as well as other poets from this same publisher to help my remedial freshmen students. It has great illustrations and a pick of some of Whitman's "easier" poems. "I Sing the Body Electric" is not in the book neither is "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" which are two of Whitman's best poems but nonetheless the books is still a very good educational tool and a great way to introduce Whitman or poetry in general to a younger demographic.
Summary: All of the poems in this book were written by Walt Whitman. This book is broken down by poems that are about the sea, war, land, the sky and cosmos. I chose to read the poem ¿A Noiseless Patient Spider.¿ This poem is about a spider and how they silently make webs. He creates an analogy between the spider and the human soul. I also read ¿Miracles¿ with the use of imagination, Walt creates a poem that finds what seems to be an ordinary plain situation or circumstance and turns it into a miracle. Examples of this include, animals feeding in a field or strangers in opposite cars, the sea, or night and day.Personal reaction: I think this book is an excellent collection of poems that would be great to read in the classroom. Walt Whitman has many classic poems that have deep meanings, and are excellent to read to any class. It is important to expose students to these classic poems. Classroom Extension: (1) Students could write about what they think the meaning of the poem is, then share it with the class. (2). Students could memorize their favorite line in a poem, then share with the class why that line was their favorite.
A good selection of poems from Whitman that children could enjoy. I thought the illustrations matched the style of the poetry. No need to argue Whitman's place in literature although he is probably not my favorite poet.