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Amazing Places

Amazing Places

Fall 2015 Poetry
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrator: Chris K. Soentpiet
Illustrator: Christy Hale
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
ISBN: 978-1600606533
Hardcover Price: $18.95

Gathering original poems by diverse poets, including his own tribute to Langston Hughes, Lee Bennett Hopkins has created a fascinating multi-ethnic anthology. Hopkins's collection celebrates the diversity of people and places across our country - from Fenway Park to Denali National Park and from Linda Sue Park's poem about the Liberty Bell to Jane Medina's poem about the desire to run away to a circus: "I'm running away with people who fly/ I'll dance and/I'll laugh/and forget how to cry."

With end papers of the United States, that show the locations of these "amazing places," paragraphs describing these locations at the end of the book, and fine-line, full color, full page illustrations, this is a unique and meaningful anthology.

Kemie Nix   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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