Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Book Summary: 

As mentioned in the title of this book, this book is a collection of poems that celebrate poets. There are three parts of this book. The first part is called Got Style. In this section, the poems are written to match the specific style of the poet that is being commemorating. The second part is called In Your Shoes. In this section poems are written to sound like a poem that may have been written by the poet that is being commemorated. The last part is called Thank You. In this section the poems are thanking the poets for their works. The book finishes with an about section. In this final section we learn about the poets and the authors. The images that go along with the poems are done by African American artists.

Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Majory Wentworth
Ekua Holmes
Candlewick Press
Guiding Question: 

How can illustrations help tell a story whether the story is told truthfully or not?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty: Illustrations of people can help others to form ideas of what people from different races, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds look like. These illustrations can sometimes create degrading images of people from those backgrounds which can pose stereotypes. What are some of the stereotypes that can be portrayed in images? How are the images in this book done? Are the images stereotype free or do you feel that the images should have been done differently?

Empathy: Do you think that we should read books that may have illustrations that could possibly be degrading? Why or why not? You could possibly use the degrading illustrations to show that people from that background do not fit that certain stereotype. Could also discuss what changes to the illustration could be done to prevent the stereotype from being displayed.

Advocacy and Action: Create a community within your own classroom and acknowledge similarities and differences amongst each other. Make a safe environment for everyone to be able to be open and comfortable to talk about these similarities and differences.


Reviewed by Tyler Overy, Ohio Northern University teacher candidate