A Burst of Firsts by J. Patrick Lewis
Doers, Shakers, and Record Breakers

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Famed children's poet J. Patrick Lewis and artist Brian Ajhar team up (for the first time) to offer this surprising, informative, and wonderfully funny tribute to those who've gone before...well, everyone! A Pulitzer Prize winner and a prize-fighter, a bubble gum blower and a blue jeans maker, intrepid explorers, daredevils, and high-flying honeymooners are all a part of a gallery of awesome endeavors and notable events. A celebration of our history and the ever-striving human spirit, this upbeat homage will have young readers bursting to create their own fantastic "firsts."

About J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis is the 2011 winner of the NCTE Award for Poetry and is our current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than sixty books for children and adults, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles and Please Bury Me in the Library. In Fall 2012, he has two other books scheduled: When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle) and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems (an anthology Lewis edited for National Geographic). He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Ajhar is an illustrator.
Published May 1, 2001 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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He ranges from Ruby Bridges and Michael Jordan to such non–African-Americans as Anna Edson Taylor, the first person to survive a barrel ride over Niagara Falls, and Akebono, the first top-ranked non-Japanese sumo wrestler (“What’s even more surprising than / The belly of a sumo / Wrestler is his ...

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Despite the range of moods in the verses, the artwork reduces everything to caricature, as in portraits that exaggerate the features of Ruby Bridges ("First Child to Integrate an All-White School") and Elvis Presley ("First King of Rock 'n' Roll"), or to silliness, as in Lewis's awe-filled homage...

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