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Amazing Faces by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet

Published by Lee & Low Books

Pages: 40

Ages: Grades 1 and up.

Publishers Summary: Amazing, your face.

Whatever we feel—whether happy or sad, excited or wishful, proud or lonely—our faces mirror our emotions. In this contemporary yet timeless collection, sixteen evocative poems are brought to life in diverse and detailed faces that reveal the universal feelings we all share. Girls and boys, women and men invite us to experience their world, understand their lives, and find the connections that bring us together.

The Turkeybird Speaks: This is such a neat book. One of my very favorite things is the front of the book, really. When my mom first brought the book home I was so excited! I sat down and stared at all the smiling faces on the front of the book for a really long time. I liked that everyone was so happy. It’s so neat!

The next thing I really like about this book is that I get to have a whole bunch of books put into one book. Mom was telling me that it’s called poetry, but I don’t know exactly what she’s talking about. I just like the way she reads the stories and how everyone seems to be having a good time in all of them. Sometimes when my mom is reading these it almost sounds like she’s singing and I always like that, even though I wouldn’t tell her that. hehe.

My very favorite story (poem I guess) is the one about the dreams. I love whales and fish and anything really big. The boy in that story dreams about all sorts of neat things even whales! So cool! This is such a neat book, even if you can’t read it yet, but want to look at the pictures like me and listen to your mom or dad read it. I could look at the faces all day because they all have such neat smiles and I really like smiles.

Mom’s Two Cents: Amazing Faces is a beautiful collection of poems from authors like Jan Yolen and Mary E. Cronin to name a couple. Speaking about the emotions and times we go through in all stages of life, each poem connects you to a different time or place. Though the faces may change the universal theme of connectivity and life experience is present in each of the pages in a way that can reach even the smallest of readers.

This is truly such a beautiful collection of poetry. To be quite honest, I’m not generally a huge reader of poems, but there’s something about the way they connect to you in children’s books and I find myself more and more drawn to them. One of the most delightful aspects of this collection in particular is that the illustrations are just gorgeous! Each one is tailor fit to match each of the poems and it’s actually a favorite of the Turkeybird’s. He loves to sit with me and learn about the stories behind each poem and the illustrations certainly help. One of our favorites is the one pictured below, primarily because of our ancestry which goes back to the Cherokee Indians. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to share with him about my great grandmother and where she came from.

Lee Bennett Hopkins and Chris Soentpiet have come together to provide readers with a brilliant collection of poetry and artwork that will capture even the youngest readers. Filled with emotion from the very first poem, many who read Amazing Faces will fall in love with the stories told in a very small amount of time. Even those who are not fans of poetry will find something to love in this heartwarming collection. Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to connect with another time and place by passing this book by, it’s definitely a must read especially for little ones.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 and up. Beautiful illustrations and wonderful poetry make this a perfect read-together with little ones. Share your love for the world of people and places around you with those you love through Amazing Faces.

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5 Responses to Book Review: Amazing Faces by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet


    Thank you SO much for your AMAZING words about my book. I am so happy you
    enjoyed it.

  2. Gina says:

    A great review as usual! The way you captured the spirit of the book is brilliant and speaks to how well the illustrations and poetic words work together in this book. It’s true after all…our faces can betray our true feelings for better or worse….glad this book turned out to be another positive read. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The illustrations in this book are awesome. I love poetry collection books. Jane Yolen always seems to be a part of them too!

  4. […] that will be happening with all of the picture book authors and poets he loves! We recently reviewed the wonderful book Amazing Faces, which is a collection of brilliant poems with gorgeous […]

  5. THANK you so much for such kind words about AMAZING FACES. The book was a joy to do. In the works in AMAZING PLACES, also to be illustrated by Chris Soentipiet.

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