Spinning Through the Universe
A Novel in Poems from Room 214
Engrossing tales from the fifth grade
Every child is like
A little world with ever-changing weather,
Nights and mornings. And somehow, here we are,
Spinning through the universe together.
Unforgettable students in this fifth-grade classroom reveal their private feelings about birth and death, a missing bicycle and a first kiss, as well as their thoughts about recess, report cards, fitting in, and family.
Using a rich array of traditional poetic forms, such as sonnets, sestinas, and acrostics, Helen Frost interweaves the stories of the kids in Room 214 and their teacher. A final section giving detailed analyses of the twenty-two forms will be of special interest.
Praise For Spinning Through the Universe: A Novel in Poems from Room 214…
"Appropriate, original imagery and understated, natural voices make these poems sensitive and insightful...The notes on how the form in each poem works are of particular value to teachers eager to guide students in their own poetry writing." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Poignantly conveyed...Readers may be surprised at the complexity of the rules governing the writing, so naturally does the author seem to capture the poetic essence of the children's voices - she makes it look like so much fun that readers may want to try some of the forms themselves." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"Written in verse, each student speaks in a unique poetic voice whose form is explained in detail in a 'Notes on Forms' section...Interwoven dramatic stories and interesting poetic patterns give this book extra appeal. A boon for poetry classes." -- School Library Journal
"Frost presents realistic problems in young people's lives in a gentle, almost tender fashion. Her poems truly capture the essence and pathos of a classroom full of unique young people. Many readers will find someone that they know here." -- VOYA
"Fascinating." -- SIGNAL
Frances Foster Books, 9780374371593, 93pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2004