National Poetry Month: Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind
Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, by Gary Ross, is an epic poem about a young boy who uses his imagination to make his ordinary life extraordinary. While looking out his window one day, Bartholomew notices a strong wind blowing through town,
So Bartholomew grabbed
either end of his sheet.
He steadied his grip
and looked down toward the street.
He stood on the sill,
put his arms to his sides,
and that’s how Bartholomew
took quite a ride.
Bartholomew’s wonderful imagination takes him to an island filled with pirates, then a prep school where he meets a fellow adventurer, and finally to a canyon with no wind. Because of the lack of wind, the canyon is filled with many other people, including Amelia Earhart, who have given up on flying so it seems that Bartholomew may be stuck there forever. But, you should never give up on a little boy with a big imagination!
Young readers, especially boys, will love Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind. The charming story and the rhythm of the words will captivate readers young and old. The beautiful illustrations by Matthew Myers do much to enhance this wonderful story. Aimed at 6 to 9 year olds, this story is sure to be treasured for years.
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