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This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort

by Georgia Heard, selector
Illustrated by 18 renowned picture book artists

Published by Candlewick Press, 2002
47 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-1924-8

Ages 5 - 11

In the weeks after September 11, 2001, Georgia Heard was invited to share "poems of comfort" with children who witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center. Here, she has chosen 18 poems that offer children and adults the opportunity to share feelings of fear and sadness, and also, importantly, hope. "I do not want / fire screaming up the sky. / I do not want / families killed in their doorways....Life is for us, and is shining. / We have a right to sing" writes Gwendolyn Brooks in "A Little Girls' Poem." And from Nancy Wood in her poem "Strengthen the Things That Remain," young readers and listeners are reminded that "A tree is still a tree and a rock is still a rock. A warbler / sings its familiar song and coyotes howl / in disconcerting harmony....Patterns persist, / life goes on, whatever rises will converge." Each of the eighteen poems in the book is paired with a stunning visual interpretation by a noted artist of books for children. CCBC Categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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