Posts Tagged 'poetry'

Eva of the Farm by Dia Calhoun

Eva of the Farm. By Dia Calhoun. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2012. 256 pages. $16.99

Eva is a poet. She doesn’t just dabble in rhymes, but uses them to tell her story and to try and save her family’s farm. Set in rural Washington State, Acadia Orchard, the family farm has been hit by hard times. The family’s economic status is already precarious when Eva’s baby brother becomes ill and needs hospitalization. A counterpoint to the family’s woes is Eva’s immersion in a world of fantasy where mystical events and people serve as creative muses for Eva’s art. A beautifully written, intricately woven story that may prove a challenging read for its target market. A natural for fans of Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust. Older students will appreciate the poetic subtleties. Suitable for 5th to 8th grade.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie by J. Patrick Lewis

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems. By J. Patrick Lewis. Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012. 40 pages. $16.99

Ten years after J. Partick Lewis dabbled with poetry and math in Arithmetickle, he’s back at it again in Edgar Allen Poe’s Pie. Inspired by works of famous poets such as Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes, Children’s Poet Laureate Lewis, will have readers reaching for their pencil as they work to decipher the “poetry problems.” If stumped, answers appear on the lower corner of each two-page spread. A clever combination of poems and math, this book is sure to please both the word lovers and number crunchers in the crowd. Be sure to hand a copy to both math and language arts teachers to enhance and enrich their students’ experiences. Back matter includes short biographies of parodied poets. Suitable for grades 4-6.

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