I’m frequently asked to suggest poetry books that would work in a content area class. I have a wonderful new book to recommend for teachers and librarians, first as a book of well-crafted poems, secondly as a neat book for the earth science class. It's Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up. Writing in a number of poetic forms, although mostly free verse, Peters spins 22 poems about geology, from her opening poem, “Plain Old Rock,” about discovering a “Geode/by the side of the road,” to my personal favorite, “Pumice Stone Seeks Work.” Peters’ three pages of endnotes add more information to what she included in her poems. The full-color collage illustrations by Cathie Felstead are nicely matched to the poems. If you have any doubt about adding this title to your collection, you can see what Lisa Westberg Peters is all about at her website--http://www.lisawestbergpeters.com—where you can learn about rocks, poems, and her passion for science. You can also hear her read a handful of poems
Illustration © 2003 by Cathie Felstead from Earthshake by Lisa Westberg Peters. Reprinted by permission of Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Text from Earthshake © 2003 by Lisa Westberg Peters. Illustration © 2003 by Cathie Felstead. Reprinted by permission of Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.