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Life on the Deckle Edge

Celebrate Poetry Month with new books by Lee Bennett Hopkins

Happy National Poetry Month!
Would you believe award-winning poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins has, not one, but THREE brand new books to help you celebrate?

City I Love (Abrams) is a sparkling collection of Lee's own poems, both new and previously published, and all fresh. Illustrator Marcellus Hall provides readers with a tour guide - an adventurous, whimsical dog and his pigeon companion (PW said a bluebird, so maybe I'm mistaken?) - on a journey to cities around the world. The book pulses and dazzles, like the city life it celebrates.

Sky Magic (Dutton) brings to life the wonders of the sun, moon, and stars with contributions from many of our best contemporary children's poets as well as offerings from Tennessee Williams and Carl Sandburg. Dream-like paintings by Mariusz Stawarski surround the words with magic. A book to savor by warmth of sun or shimmer of moon.

Incredible Inventions (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), another anthology featuring voices familiar and new, is a delightful tribute to the creativity behind such taken-for-granted items as escalators and kitty litter. Oh, and straws... and blue jeans... and Popsicles! Julia Sarcone-Roach's colorful artwork adds to the celebration. (Teachers will love the additional information highlighting each invention.)

So pack your suitcase, your telescope, and your curiosity -and enjoy this month in poetic style!

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