Thursday, April 19, 2018

Traveling the Blue Road by Lee Bennett Hopkins - ESSENTIAL

Bennett Hopkins, Lee Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea, Illustrated by Bob Hansman & Jovan Hansman. POETRY/PICTURE BOOK. Quarto Publishing Group, 2017. $18. 9781633222762

This book is a compilation of poems from different centuries about the people who crossed the sea. There are poems about Columbus’s journey, the Middle Passage, the Irish Potato Famine, the Titanic, and recent events with the Mediterranean refugee crisis. There are beautiful and powerful illustrations to match the emotions of the poetry. At the end of the book there is also notes about the historical context for all the poems and biographies of all the poets.

I loved all of these poems and how the book was designed. I enjoyed going through each century to learn about a new journey someone took across the ocean. The illustrations combined with the text were very powerful and thought provoking. It was also engaging to read so many different poets and their styles. The historical context in the back was extremely helpful and enlightening to gather more perspective about the poems.


No comments: