This collection of poems for Grade 5 provides students with close reading practice. The best poems are magnificent not just for their beautiful language, but also for the important themes hidden between their lines. That's what you'll find in the poems in this book: words that create glorious pictures in your mind, and big ideas to stretch your thinking. What can we learn from an elephant, a mother's hands, and a village blacksmith? You'll need to read to find out. Also included are places to pause and reflect on the text and opportunities to respond to the reading.