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America at war

by Lee Bennett Hopkins; Stephen Alcorn;

  Book  |  1st ed

War Reflected in Art & Poetry   (2009-01-07)

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However the bright colors and grand strokes to convey wars’ complexities outweigh the lack of diversity.  A brief description about the war and the United States’ involvement introduces each section of poems.  The lack of explanation about the current Iraq War is striking.  One may argue about the selections and illustrations here but this is a good beginning to discuss various American wars and the power of poetry and art to express difficult and complex things.  Middle school and high school students can use this as an example of art and words to express their own ideas about war.




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