Traveling the Blue Road
Poems of the Sea
Praise For Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea…
"Care and research are evident throughout this poignant book, which is much more than its subtitle, "Poems of the Sea"; in essence and in sum, it is a history of inhumanity."
"From Columbus’s journey in 1492 to seventeenth-century slave ships, the infamous Titanic, and present-day ocean dwelling communities, the terrible majesty of the sea is celebrated through a collection of poems penned by a bevy of award-winning authors and poets, each with a unique voice and story. Striking mixed-media illustrations feature sailors, explorers, and refugees amid the starry skies and dark waves, conveying all the fluid strength and timelessness of the ocean."
"Glorious poetry, eye-opening history, and a heart-expanding experience. What a book!"
"Hopkins compiles 14 previously unpublished poems connected to major sea voyages in this arresting collection....The Hansmans—a father-son illustrator team—blend archival images into their dramatic mixed-media collages..."
"This collection of poetry touches on such historic voyages as the Mayflower, the terror of the Middle Passage and the modern-day troubles of desperate migrants. The often serious verse is beautifully illustrated by Washington University professor Bob Hansman and his son, Jovan."
A 2018 Notable Poetry Book for Children
Seagrass Press, 9781633222762, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
About the Author
Lee Bennett Hopkins has compiled more anthologies for children than anyone in the history of children's literature. In 2011, Lee Bennett Hopkins was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most prolific anthologist of poetry for children, with 113 titles to his credit! He has helped make poetry accessible to young readers in more than 100 volumes of his own writings and compilations. He has won numerous awards including five American Library Association Notable Books, the Mississippi Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children Award (2009), and a Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit."