Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley

11 Apr

“I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise….”

The images I have of Walt Whitman come from a very cathartic reading of Leaves of Grass after a good friend died and I learned he was reading it. I have always felt pushed and challenged by his words and the life he lead. But in all my readings and musings, I never really paid attention to this part of Whitman’s story.

A short biography of Walt Whitman geared towards younger elementary school children; this novel focuses on the impact the Civil War had on Whitman who was too old to fight. Instead he dedicated himself to caring for and visiting soldiers in hospitals in Washington D.C. It was also at this time that he gained a strong respect for Abraham Lincoln. Beautifully illustrated with snippets of poetry throughout (full text included in the back), this is a good introduction to Whitman. It is in no way thorough and there is much more to learn about the man and poet who helped shape American poetry. 2004, 56 pages.

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Childrens, Nonfiction, Poetry


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