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Dictionary for a better world : poems, quotes, and anecdotes from A to Z

by Latham, Irene,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

How can we make the world a better place?

This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors, and a "try it" prompt for an activity.

This second poetic collaboration from Irene Latham and Charles Waters builds upon themes of diversity and inclusiveness from their previous book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. Illustrations from Iranian-British artist Mehrdokht Amini offer readers a rich visual experience.

"Latham and Waters's personal stories are plainspoken and relatable . . . and the suggested actions, accessible. . . The approach creates multiple pathways for engagement. Extensive supplementary materials include an index of poetic forms."--starred, Publishers Weekly

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This poetry collection is devoted to life-affirming qualities. Two-page spreads, organized in alphabetical order from acceptance to zest, address positive attributes, aspects of mindfulness and gratitude, acts of kindness and encouragement, and exhortations for inclusion, empathy, and respect. The coauthors take turns providing a personal anecdote for each term, a "Try It!" scenario (stop and think how another person might feel, problem solve in a different way, investigate a new idea, etc.), and an original poem. These 50 poems take various formats, running from the readily recognizable (acrostic, ode) to the more obscure (villanelle, tricube). Inspirational quotes pop up on every other page, and vivid graphics, featuring torn-paper collage, photographs, and acrylic digital paintings, complement the various fonts that wind across the busy pages. The anticipated audience is children in the upper-elementary grades and middle school. However, any reader who is preparing a presentation or leading a discussion on social behavior, character education, self-actualization, or making a difference will find a trove of accessible and appealing material within these colorful, cheerful pages."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Awash in attempts to help cool our fevered world, we/ Begin simply with words." Each term in this unconventional dictionary receives a four-part exploration alongside Amini's eclectically illustrated spreads: a poem, an inspirational quote, a first-person anecdote from the authors, and suggested "Try It!" actions. Latham and Waters rifle the storehouse of poetic forms, using structure to clarify meaning, for example through a senryu, "Service": "helping hands fill plates/ with meat-and-potato peaks/ hope is gravy." Forms range from the aubade to the villanelle, each explained in a brief caption. Latham and Walter's personal stories are plainspoken and relatable (Latham: "One of the quickest ways to get myself out of a funk is to... get busy serving others"), and the suggested actions, accessible: "Look into service opportunities in your area." The approach creates multiple pathways for engagement. Extensive supplementary materials include an index of poetic forms. Ages 8--12. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature.
Conduct of life.
Poetry.
Quotations.
Anecdotes.
Dictionaries.
Publisher Minneapolis :2020
Contributors Waters, Charles, 1973- author.
Amini, Mehrdokht, illustrator.
Audience Age: 8-12, Grade 4-6.
Language English
Description 119 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Included bibliographical references (pages 112-115) and index.
ISBN 9781541557758
1541557751
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