How to Eat a Poem
“Prickled Pickles Don’t Smile,” Nikki Giovanni
“W. D., Don’t Fear that Animal,” W. D. Snodgrass
“A Jelly-Fish,” Marianne Moore
“The Porcupine,” Ogden Nash
“Annabel Lee,” Edgar Allan Poe
“The Falling Star,” Sara Teasdale
“Sick,” Shel Silverstein
“Casey at the Bat,” Ernest Lawrence Thayer
“With Kitty, Age Seven, At the Beach,” William Stafford
“Hope is the Thing with Feathers,” Emily Dickinson
. . . . and sixty other notable works.
Chosen by the American Poetry & Literacy Project and the Academy of American Poets, two of the nation’s most respected nonprofit poetry organizations, these much-loved and highly readable poems promise young readers and poetry lovers of all ages hours of reading pleasure.
Finalist for the National Book Award
When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he’s eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because “not a lot of people want boys-not foster boys that ain’t babies.” But Lonnie hasn’t given up. His foster mother, Miss Edna, is growing on him. She’s already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick. And his teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.
Told entirely through Lonnie’s poetry, we see his heartbreak over his lost family, his thoughtful perspective on the world around him, and most of all his love for Lili and his determination to one day put at least half of their family back together. Jacqueline Woodson’s poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible.