Thursday, November 1, 2018

Poetry Friday - Looking Out Into The World

         Poetry Friday is at Jama's Alphabet Soup today. Thanks for your inspirational post, Jama! We will not stop fighting to do what is right for our country, for the world.

         My grandfather used to quote this to me, telling me that we all are part of the world and we need to work for others, not only ourselves. 

'No Man is an Island'

No man is an island entire of itself; every man (and woman)
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; 
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe 
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as 
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine 
own were; any man's (and womans') death diminishes me, 
because I am involved in (human)kind. 
And therefore never send to know for whom 
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. 

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
John Donne 

        It is November, election month, is a great time to share this new rhyming picture book by Dave Eggers. When I read it, I remembered the John Donne words above, and celebrate that this book shares that same message for younger children, really for us all.

         If you study social justice in the classroom, if you want to share and inspire your own children, or grandchildren, to be good citizens, this will be a terrific book to read together. I hope it will inspire you readers, too. Lists can be made to see where in the community one can help. From small deeds to large ones, all of us need to find some way to help our neighbors, our neighborhoods, our towns and cities. 
        In rhyme with delightful cut-paper illustrations by Shawn Harris, Eggers shares a simple and straightforward message : 
From a beginning looking out. . .
"A citizen's not what you are--
a citizen is what you do.
A citizen cannot forget
the world is more than you."
To going out and joining in, wherever one sees a need.

          Enjoy the book when you can, go out into your special world and find actions that will make it better.


  1. What Can a Citizen Do looks like it takes a terrific approach--great way to empower and educate kids. And the rest of us, I hope...

  2. I look forward to reading this book, and I hope our citizenry shows up on Tuesday.

  3. This looks terrific, Linda - thank you for sharing. And for all the goodness you fling out into the world. XO

  4. This looks like a wonderful book with such engaging illustrations and a powerful message. Thanks for sharing.

  5. "No Man Is an Island" is what we sang at my high school graduation. Very inspiring. Looking forward to seeing the Eggers book!

  6. It's nice to see PBs like this one are making their way into the world. I wish Americans would realize how much power they have as citizens!

  7. Thanks for spreading this important message--I will definitely check out the book!

  8. Amazing post that fits so well with the upcoming mid-term elections. Thanks so much for promoting social justice through the use of books, Linda.

  9. Thanks for this positive can do post Linda–there's so many small ways we can each help. thanks too for sharing this timely book–I hope we start to see each other as citizens of the world and not just from one political party or the other.

  10. I love seeing the message of this book getting out to children. They minds are open, I think, and they are ready to shed the old "rules" and build a more compassionate world. Let's get this boat turned around on Tuesday!

  11. Thank you everyone. I hope you do enjoy this new picture book. I know that each of you reach out into the world in so many ways!

  12. Thank you for sharing this book, Linda, as well as John Donne's lines. They should be required reading for everyone!


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