Poetry Friday is hosted today by Janet @ Poetry For Children
How to resist this invitation, especially if it involves poetry?
The United States is a vast country full of amazing places. Come travel the nation and explore beautiful landscapes, fascinating historical sites, and entertaining cultural destinations. Witness the grandeur of Denali on a summer night, the lively street life of Harlem’s West 125th. Street, the thrill of “flying” while touring a miniature circus, the thundering power of water of Niagara Falls, the enticing array of food and shops in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and more!
Impossible! That’s how I felt, while reading this collection of poems, Amazing Places, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and gorgeously illustrated by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale. Each poem evokes something special about a particularly American place – from Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey to the banks of the great Mississippi River. I loved the exuberant celebrations of each place, and the particular voice of each poet celebrating it.
Here are two I found especially irresistible, a poem by Lee Bennett Hopkins that celebrates Langston Hughes, and the Watkins Museum in Lawrence, Kansas:
And this one, celebrating a place I hold very dear, Fenway Park, home of my beloved Red Sox:
This is a lovely collection – one I can’t wait to share with my kids, the majority of whom are New York Yankees fans (sigh), but also lovers of great poetry.