Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year
By Janet Wong
It’s an ELECTION YEAR! You know what that means? Lots of news about the potential candidates: their history, their platforms, and their promises. Sometimes, it’s sooo easy to get EVERYTHING JuMbLeD!!! Wong’s Declaration of Interdependence is a great collection of poems for people of all ages. These FuN and FANTASTIC poems keep us all entertained with their simple RyThMs and easy- going vocabulary. Wong’s poetry reminds us that we all are “we the people,” regardless of age, race, gender, or any other factor.
These poems seem simple at the surface level, but they are extremely thought provoking as well. These poems open up a great opportunity to have some great conversations with our little ones about the elections, deeper issues within society, and how our government works. Wong even says in the book that “there are no stupid questions,” so lets take time to answer them ALL! There is even a question section at the end of the poems to help you get started! In this section you can discuss things such as what would you do if you were president? What do your family members remember about their first election? She even asks: What is your own liberty pledge?
Wong makes learning about all of these issues super fun and easy! So take a moment to look at these with your child, because we are all:
sharing the earth
This has been one of my favorite reads this year, and I highly recommend it to people of all ages. YoUnG, old, or somewhere in between– you are going to enjoy it!
Happy Happy Reading!