Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year

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Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year

By Janet Wong

ISBN: 978-1-937057-21-3

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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.

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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?

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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:

“One people

sharing the earth

responsible

for liberty

and justice

for all.”

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!

Courtney

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2 responses »

  1. This seems like a great book to include in a poetry unit at the lower elementary grade levels! I liked the follow-up activities too… it would be great if more poetry books for children had activities too, so that young readers will see themselves as writers too!

  2. I’m a student in Ann’s “Advanced Children’s Lit” class, and she gave us all copies of this book. One of my favorite poems was #9, called “The Whole Team.” I loved it because it completely demonstrates my frustrations with these elections–people like to blame the president for anything that goes wrong, but didn’t they ever learn about the U.S. government, a system of checks and balances? Anyways, great post!

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