Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

by Miranda Paul (Author) Marlena Myles (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
How do you give thanks? Gratitude isn't something we need to save up for a special holiday. What are you grateful for right now, today? This anthology brings together a diverse group of poets who express gratitude for everything from a puppy to hot cocoa to the sky itself. Each writer uses a different poetic form, and readers will encounter a concrete poem, a sonnet, a pantoum, a sijo, and much more. Contributors include Kimberly Blaeser, Sun Yung Shin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, Janice Scully, Jane Yolen, Traci Sorell, JaNay Brown-Wood, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Margarita Engle, and more. Stunning illustrations from Marlena Myles invite close examination, making this a collection to return to and savor again and again. A portion of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to We Need Diverse Books.

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This anthology of 32 poems by a diverse array of writers invites readers into a deeper understanding of gratitude. Paul, a We Need Diverse Books cofounder, knits together an impressive patchwork of poetic forms and voices, including an acrostic ode to dimples and a ballad about uncovering a beach's most perfect rock. Illustrations by Myles (who is Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, and Muscokee Creek) have a static quality that frames the lyricism of the texts with myriad colors and textures. Back matter includes contributor bios, easy-to-digest descriptions of poetic and literary devices used throughout, and a letter from Paul about "the myths and half-truths" about Thanksgiving, and related misrepresentations of Native and First Nations people. Though some works are stronger than others, this is a thoughtful resource for poetry students and teachers. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)

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This anthology of 32 poems by a diverse array of writers invites readers into a deeper understanding of gratitude. Paul, a We Need Diverse Books cofounder, knits together an impressive patchwork of poetic forms and voices, including an acrostic ode to dimples and a ballad about uncovering a beach's most perfect rock. Illustrations by Myles (who is Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, and Muscokee Creek) have a static quality that frames the lyricism of the texts with myriad colors and textures. Back matter includes contributor bios, easy-to-digest descriptions of poetic and literary devices used throughout, and a letter from Paul about 'the myths and half-truths' about Thanksgiving, and related misrepresentations of Native and First Nations people. Though some works are stronger than others, this is a thoughtful resource for poetry students and teachers.Publishers Weekly

— "Journal" (8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781541523630
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Millbrook Press (Tm)
Publication date
September 20, 2019
Series
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