This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort

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This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort

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To comfort children and adults everywhere, eighteen top picture book artists have each illustrated a poem for this magnificent keepsake volume.


In September 2001, New York poetry anthologist Georgia Heard was asked to compile a collection of "poems of comfort" for schoolchildren in lower Manhattan. Soon afterward, Candlewick Press editors learned of the project and, believing that people everywhere could benefit from such a collection, approached a number of well-known artists to ask if they would be interested in participating. Within weeks, no fewer than eighteen artists had agreed to volunteer their talents to illustrate one poem each. The result is this unprecedented volume of life-affirming verse that is as richly diverse as it is powerful, as beautiful as it is full of heart.

From Emily Dickinson’s "Hope is the thing with feathers" to Langston Hughes’s "Hold on to dreams," from Walt Whitman to Georgia Heard herself, here is an outstanding selection of poets and poems, matched by a stellar array of artists whose collective work on these pages is truly spectacular.

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Georgia Heard has published two children’s poetry books and was a
contributor to SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN: ADVICE AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUNG POETS, compiled by Paul B. Janeczko. She is also the author of three books on teaching and writing poetry.

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. To offer children consolation after the sorrow of September 11, Heard has collected 18 well-known poems that speak of grief and comfort, and each poem is opposite an original, full-page illustration by a picture-book artist. There's no bibliotherapy, but the images in both the words and the pictures are about fear, loss, and connection. Ann Turner's poem "The Beginning," which celebrates New York, appears opposite Chris Raschka's dynamic painting of the view from Manhattan Bridge. Wendell Berry's "Peace of Wild Things" is about the comfort of solitary places. Perhaps the most riveting double-page spread features Karla Kuskin's elemental poem of friendship ("I think I could do anything at all, / if you were there"), perfectly matched by William Steig's ink-and-crayon drawing of a boy and his dog. There are great poems by Langston Hughes, Lillian Morrison, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Gwendolyn Brooks, and more. In most cases the art doesn't overwhelm the words and both will get children talking about the things to hold onto when times are hard. Hazel Rochman
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