Been to Yesterdays (Paperback)

Poems of a Life

By Lee Bennett Hopkins, Charlene Rendeiro (Illustrator)

Wordsong, 9781563978081, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1999

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Growing up in the 1950s, young Lee Bennett Hopkins faced the painful events of his parents' divorce, an unstable homelife, and a hand-to-mouth existence. Through it all, he clung to the memory of his beloved grandmother and his hope of becoming a writer. In these emotionally charged autobiographical poems, the author captures a boy's feelings, experiences, and aspirations in the tumultuous period of his life.

About the Author

Lee Bennett Hopkins is a poet and anthologist and has been honored with the Christopher Award, the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," and the NCTE Award for Excellence.

Praise For Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life

* "This autobiographical cycle of poems is a rare gift, a careful exploration of one life that illumines the lives of all who read it." --School Library Journal, starred review