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ISBN13: 9780544106161
ISBN10: 0544106164
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What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings is a collection of poems to provide comfort, courage, and humor at difficult or daunting moments in life. It conjures forth laments, spells, invocations, chants, blessings, promises, songs, and charms. Here are pleas on how to repair a friendship, wishes to transform ones life or to slow down time, charms to face the shame of a disapproving crowd, invocations to ask for forgiveness, to understand the mysteries of happiness, and to bravely face a dark and different world. These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks. This elegant gift book also includes a red ribbon for readers to mark their favorite poems.
Poet extraordinaire Joyce Sidman won the Newbery Honor Medal for Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and continues to write poetry for children that has been called "fresh," "inspiring," and "accessible" to her young audience. She is intrigued by the idea of "words of power"—chants and charms that were once believed to have real influence in everyday life. Caldecott Honor-winning Pamela Zagarenski's beautiful art captures a world of emotion and the essence of Sidman's words.

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"'I wrote these poems for comfort, for understanding, for hope,' writes Sidman in introduction to a grouping of nearly 50 poems. 'They are words to speak in the face of loneliness, fear, delight, or confusion.' Sidman gathers her verse into four sections — Chants & Charms, Spells & Incantations, Laments & Remembrances, and Praise Songs & Blessings — while Zagarenski contributes brightly painted and emotionally evocative mixed-media artwork filled with the crowned figures, teapots, wheels, and lions that frequent her work. The subject matter ranges from the quotidian to the unfathomable: 'We bow to your littleness,/ pencils, glasses, keys./ Without you we are lost,' reads 'Invitation to Lost Things,' while 'When Death Comes' is a devastating meditation on its irrevocability ('Even when you know/ it's coming,/ it arrives/ out of nowhere:/ so quick/, so uncalled for'). Poems of bravery, love, heartbreak, justice, and peace unite to offer readers of all ages solace, inspiration, and strength. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A one-of-a-kind poetry gift book of hope, wisdom, and power from Newbery Honor-winning poet extraordinaire Joyce Sidman and Caldecott Honor-winning artist Pamela Zagarenski.
 

About the Author

Caldecott Honor Medalist Pamela Zagarenski is a brilliant painter of many worlds. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates sculptures and large paintings, which can be viewed at an art gallery in Mystic, Connecticut. She divides her time between Stonington, Connecticut, and her house on Prince Edward Island.

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kindword, February 14, 2014 (view all comments by kindword)
These simple poems are good medicine. The illustrations provide an array of charm and have an endearing quality that is wistful and gentle. Pamela Zagarenski & Joyce Sidman have created a book that causes a calm and sweet pause for the mind, to remember the simple things that have a power to heal. I have given this book to friends of all ages; all of them have truly enjoyed the gift it offers. I can't seem to keep a copy for myself, for every time I read it, I think of someone else that would benefit from the kindness it evokes in such a wonderful way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780544106161
Author:
Sidman, Joyce
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Zagarenski, Pamela
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children's poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'I wrote these poems for comfort, for understanding, for hope,' writes Sidman in introduction to a grouping of nearly 50 poems. 'They are words to speak in the face of loneliness, fear, delight, or confusion.' Sidman gathers her verse into four sections — Chants & Charms, Spells & Incantations, Laments & Remembrances, and Praise Songs & Blessings — while Zagarenski contributes brightly painted and emotionally evocative mixed-media artwork filled with the crowned figures, teapots, wheels, and lions that frequent her work. The subject matter ranges from the quotidian to the unfathomable: 'We bow to your littleness,/ pencils, glasses, keys./ Without you we are lost,' reads 'Invitation to Lost Things,' while 'When Death Comes' is a devastating meditation on its irrevocability ('Even when you know/ it's coming,/ it arrives/ out of nowhere:/ so quick/, so uncalled for'). Poems of bravery, love, heartbreak, justice, and peace unite to offer readers of all ages solace, inspiration, and strength. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A one-of-a-kind poetry gift book of hope, wisdom, and power from Newbery Honor-winning poet extraordinaire Joyce Sidman and Caldecott Honor-winning artist Pamela Zagarenski.
 
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