America at War: Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Tricia Stohr-Hunt wears many hats–she teaches in the Education Department at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA; she is an advocate for integrating children's literature into the teaching of a wide variety of subjects; and she's an avid reader of books for young readers through middle grades.

Tricia is a member of the Cybils nominating panel for Non-Fiction Picture Books, but she reviews a variety of titles at her blog, The Miss Rumphius Effect. One of these is Poetry nominee America at War: Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.

America at War, which includes poetry by well-known masters such as Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, and Stephen Crane as well as specially commissioned works, is, according to the introduction, "not about war. It is
about the poetry of war. With poems divided into eight sections,
warfare is traced from the American Revolution to the Iraqi war via
poets' pens." About the title, Tricia says:

What can you say about poems that leave you silent and still? How do you respond to a book that shakes you to your very core?

For the full review, click here.