We the People by Bobbi Katz

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Listen up.

Can you hear America talking?

In these sixty-five first-person poems, Americans--some who really lived, some who might have lived--tell it like it is. In the process they illuminate and personify the American experience and the history of the United States. Here are Americans from five centuries, from all walks of life, from presidents to pioneers, from indentured servants to freedom fighters, from regular kids to astronauts...What are they talking about? What would you talk about?

Perfect for sharing, for reading aloud, for reading alone, for performing, for memorizing, for investigating...here is a splendid collection of poems, an original and compelling chorus of voices. You can be sure that someone has something to say on each and every page.

Listen up.


About Bobbi Katz

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Bobbi Katz is a poet, writer, and activist, and her poetry is widely anthologized. Her collection of poems about American history, "We the People", was named an ALA "Booklist" Top Ten Poetry Pick. She is the author of several other books of poetry, including "Once Around the Sun", illustrated by LeUyen Pham; "Pocket Poems", illustrated by Marylin Hafner; and A Rumpus of Rhymes, illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas. She lives in New York City and Port Ewen, New York. Nina Crews drew inspiration from her Brooklyn neighborhood in creating the artwork for "The Neighborhood Mother Goose." Nina's best-selling titles include "One Hot Summer Day" (Sesame Street Parents "Kid Hits" selection) and "Snowball" (a CCBC choice). Twice her acclaimed works have been selected as "Best of the Best" books of the year by the Chicago Public Library. Nina Crews grew up in New York City. After graduating from Yale University in 1985, she worked in commercial animation production and contributed illustrations to magazines, including the "Village Voice" and "Parenting." In her own words.... "I look back to move forward on a new children's book. I try to remember a much younger me and recreate some of the things that delighted me then. These pleasures were often quite simple, perhaps the shape or taste of something or the colors that it evoked and everything was set against a noisy, busy, city backdrop. "I was raised in New York City. I think I've always loved it. There may have been more tall buildings than trees, but I enjoyed the city and all its variety. The people, the neighborhoods, all of the city's quirkiness were endlessly exciting. "I started taking pictures at an early age, and the city was my first subject. I grew up in a family of artists and saw the children's-book business firsthand. My parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, always encouraged my sister and me in all our art projects. I had wellrounded art training in high school but became more focused on photography in college. Since then I have been working in commercial animation production and doing freelance photo-collage illustration. "I love making collages. Some of my favorite artists Romare Bearden, Hannah Hoch, and Man Ray combined photography and collage. Collage allows me to use photography playfully and to tell a story on many levels. "I enjoy photographing children. The interaction always adds something to the project; their performances always give me new ideas. I try to keep the photography session as loose as possible. Collaging the images allows me a great deal of freedom. Basically, almost anything can happen. "Writing the text is another kind of challenge. I try to find a good balance between the written story and the visual story. Each one should help the other. Picture books are the combination of two forms of poetry, written and visual, and their flow should be musical. I find myself reading a lot of poetry while I work on ideas. "As a child I loved books and I loved to look. The more there was to see in any one image, the better. I also loved books that were set in city places. I hope that a new generation will get these same pleasures from my books.
Published October 31, 2000 by Greenwillow Books. 112 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Katz has experimented with writing poems in the voices of Americans of the past, utilizing this approach with original poems in American History Poems (1998).

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