Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illus. by Mehrdokht Amini. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (120p) ISBN 978-1-5415-5775-8
“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 Waters’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.)
Reviewed on : 11/26/2019
Release date: 02/04/2020
Genre: Children's
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