Corcoran, Jill. 2012. DARE TO DREAM… CHANGE THE WORLD. Ill. Jepson, J. Beth. Tulsa, OK: Kane Miller, A Division of EDC Publishing. ISBN 9781610670654 [Suggested Grade Levels 4 - 8]
The subjects in this collection of biographic poems come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common - they changed the world. This book is a celebration of their impact on the lives of others.
Each two page spread includes a poem about their life or accomplishment, a short biography, and an inspiration poem connected by the theme of their impact. The colorful illustrations by J. Beth Jepson highlight these themes and mirror the tone.
The spread in honor of Anne Frank, includes a poem “Faith of a Mustard Seed” by Hope Anita Smith, which uses her famous quote, “In spite of everything I still believe people are basically good at heart,” in a poem about faith in humanity. The illustrations on the Georgia O’Keeffe spread, with sky blue backgrounds, clouds, flowers, and cacti, accompany the words “Sky will always be,” and “I was filled with scripts of air.”
Each spread, and the book as a whole, honors the strength of individuals.
“Each time we act, a ripple starts.” - from “Ripples” by Bruce Coville.
The paired poems on each spread provides a great opportunity to analyze themes and connections. However, this poetry collection also may lead to deep discussions about the individuals included or about type of people, choices and actions that are able to change the world.
Other books with biographic poetry:
Paul, Ann Whitford. ALL BY HERSELF: 14 GIRLS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE.
Bernier-Grand, Carman T. FRIDA: VIVA LA VIDA! = LONG LIVE LIFE!
By Emily Fultz