Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Published by Carolrhoda Books

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

The Art of Dictionary for a Better World

Summary:  From “acceptance” and “ally” to “yes” and “zest”, Latham and Waters take readers through an alphabet of words designed to make them think about how to make the world a better place.  Each page features a poem about the word, a personal anecdote written by one of the authors, an appropriate quote, and a definition of the poetic form used. There’s also a “Try It!” suggestion for an activity that focuses on the concept.  Includes a note from the authors; materials referenced in the quotes; additional recommended books; poetry resources; and an index of poetic forms.  120 pages; grades 3-7.

Pros:  The team that brought you Can I Touch Your Hair? has created a beautifully illustrated book that could be used to teach poetry or to begin a discussion on any of the words.  The anecdotes and “Try It!” suggestions could lead to some writing activities.  

Cons:  I wasn’t super excited to read a book entitled Dictionary for a Better World; seems like the authors or editors could have thought of a title with a little more zing.

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