9780689812477

My America : A Poetry Atlas of the United States

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  • ISBN13:

    9780689812477

  • ISBN10:

    0689812477

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-09-01
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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Summary

InMy America,Lee Bennett Hopkins weaves together fifty poems -- grouped by geographic region -- to create a remarkable portrait of the United States. Here is America in all its stunning variety, from the dramatic seacoast of the Northeast and the rippling cornfields of the Plains States to the shimmering deserts of the Southwest and the majestic redwood forests of the Pacific Coast. But here, too, are the ties that bind this nation together -- the hopes and dreams of those who live in our cities and towns and on farms.The voices of beloved poets like Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Nikki Giovanni, and Lilian Moore blend with new voices to sing not just of landmarks like the Mississippi River, the Grand Canyon, and the Everglades, but of daily life across the land. Complementing these personal, moving visions of America are maps of the regions and fascinating facts for each state.Stephen Alcorn's brilliant, textured artwork makes this book a feast for the eyes as well as for the imagination. Impressive for its breadth, depth, and beauty,My Americais a volume readers will savor as they read it time and time again. It is fitting homage to our wideranging, ever-changing land.

Author Biography

Lee Bennett Hopkins, distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the area of children's literature. His poetry anthologies include Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, which was selected for five honor lists and which School Library Journal hailed as a "handsome volume...a boon to classrooms from sea to shining sea." Mr. Hopkins's numerous awards include the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," and both the Christopher Award and a Golden Kite Honor award for his poetry autobiography Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. He lives in Westchester County and Greenwich Village, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(1)
The Northeast States
Map
2(1)
Facts
3(2)
Watercolor Maine
5(1)
C. Drew Lamm
Islands in Boston Harbor
6(2)
David McCord
New England Lighthouse
8(1)
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Gulls and Buoys
9(1)
Anne LeMieux
City Blockades
10(1)
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Frost's Farm Road
11(1)
James Hayford
Vermont Conversation
12(5)
Patricia Hubbell
The Capital
Map
14(1)
Facts
15(2)
Washington, D.C.
17(4)
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
The Southeast States
Map
18(1)
Facts
19(2)
Kentucky
21(2)
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Knoxville, Tennessee
23(1)
Nikki Giovanni
Bourbon and Canal
24(1)
Brod Bagert
Charles Smith
The Mississippi
25(1)
Tom Robert Shields
Alabama Earth (At Booker Washington's Grave)
26(1)
Langston Hughes
Some Rivers
27(3)
Frank Asch
The Great Lakes States
Map
28(1)
Facts
29(1)
from Crossing Ohio When Poppies Bloom in Ashtabula
30(1)
Carl Sandburg
This Is Indiana
31(1)
Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Tonight in Chicago
32(1)
Anonymous
Dear Cousin
33(1)
Kathryn Allen Ilitch
Wisconsin in Feb-b-rr-uary
34(1)
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Front Porch
35(1)
Leslie Nelson Jennings
Farmer
36(1)
Prince Redcloud
Pine Tree Tops
37(3)
Gary Snyder
The Plains States
Map
38(1)
Facts
39(1)
Midwest Town
40(1)
Ruth De Long Peterson
Kansas Boy
41(2)
Ruth Lechlitner
Laughing Corn
43(1)
Carl Sandburg
Nebraska
44(1)
Jon Swan
Grandpa's Trees
45(1)
Barbara M. Hales
Sioux Lullaby
46(1)
Prince Redcloud
Winter Dark
47(3)
Lilian Moore
The Mountain States
Map
48(1)
Facts
49(1)
``For Purple Mountains' Majesty''
50(1)
Myra Cobn Livingston
Boulder, Colorado
51(1)
X.J. Kennedy
Driving Montana
52(1)
Kris Aro McLeod
Idaho
53(1)
Kaye Starbird
Snow Country
54(1)
Dave Etter
Skier
55(1)
Robert Francis
Zion National Park---Utah
56(1)
Fran Haraway
Until We Built a Cabin
57(3)
Aileen Fisher
The Southwest States
Map
58(1)
Facts
59(1)
Lifeline
60(1)
Shonto Begay
Cactus
61(2)
April Halprin Wayland
Desert
63(1)
Lillian M. Fisher
The Hawk
64(1)
Douglas Florian
Santa Fe, New Mexico
65(1)
April Halprin Wayland
March in New Mexico
66(3)
Elizabeth Coatsworth
Grand Canyon Colors
69(3)
Tom Robert Shields
The Pacific Coast States
Map
70(1)
Facts
71(1)
California Missions
72(1)
Ann Whitford Paul
California Ghost Town
73(1)
Fran Haraway
Behind the Redwood Curtain
74(2)
Natasha Wing
Seattle Morning
76(2)
Lee Bennett Hopkins
Alaska
78(1)
Joaquin Miller
Mauna Loa
79(1)
Tom Robert Shields
Acknowledgments 80(1)
Index of Authors 81(1)
Index of Titles 82(1)
Index of First Lines 83

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