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Heart-shaped sandwiches, homemade cards, and sweetheart candies are a few of the holiday goodies presented in this beginning reader's book of poetry for Valentine's Day. Reprint.
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Lee Bennett Hopkins was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on April 13, 1938. As a child Mr. Hopkins read little other than comic books and movie magazines until a teacher inspired in him a love of the theater and of reading. He credits this teacher with his lifelong interest in education.
Mr. Hopkins began teaching sixth grade at a public school in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in 1960. He enjoyed his job, and in his third year at Westmoreland School in Fair Lawn, he became the school's resource teacher, providing curricular support materials for the elementary school teachers. It was while serving in this position that Mr. Hopkins first used poetry to help children with reading problems.
In 1968 Mr. Hopkins became a curriculum and editorial specialist at Scholastic, Inc. His career as a writer soared. More than two dozen of his books were published during his eight-year tenure there. In 1976 Mr. Hopkins left his job at Scholastic in order to become a full-time writer and anthologist.
Mr. Hopkins is widely recognized as the nation's spokesperson for Children's Poetry. He has edited and written numerous books for children as well as several professional texts, including Pauses: Autobiographical Reflections of 101 Creators of Children's Books and Pass the Poetry, Please!, and his column, "Poetry Plus," is a regular feature in Creative Classroom magazine. Mr. Hopkins has been honored with the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for "lasting contributions to Children's Literature."
Mr. Hopkins served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) from 1975 to 1978; NCTE Commission on Literature (1982-1985); and NCTE Children's Literature Assembly (1984-1987); and he twice chaired the NCTE Poetry Award Committee. He is also the donor of both the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, presented by Penn State University, and the Lee Bennett Hopkins/International Reading Association Promising Poet Award.
The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to childrens literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Westchester County and Greenwich Village, New York.From Booklist:
Gr. 1-3. Hopkins' collection of seasonal poems in the An I Can Read Book^B series comprises well-chosen, easy-to-memorize entries by prominent children's poets that bypass sappy romance to emphasize universal holiday rituals. Marilyn Singer's "Heart Art" describes getting "littered with glitter" while making cards; other poems feature valentines sent to such unconventional recipients as a school crossing guard or, as in Peggy Robbins Janousky's sly contribution, a pet dog ("I'm writing a love note to Leo / I'm gluing on bangles and beads / I know that he'd love every word that I write / If only my Leo could read"). Reminiscent of the work of G. Brian Karas, Adinolfi's primitive-style illustrations are noteworthy, capturing the reigning humor while incorporating the holiday's requisite hearts and flowers in unexpected ways. It's easy to imagine these gems enlivening poem-a-day assignments, appearing as inscribed messages in homemade valentines, or inspiring young cupids to pen their own silly or loving odes. Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Condition: New. JoAnn Adinolfi (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0060080590