Synopses & Reviews
In illustrator Archer’s first book as author rich multilayered collages illuminate a celebration of nature’s beauty. At the city park gates a boy with brown skin and dark curly hair sees a sign advertising a poetry event on Sunday. “What is poetry?” Daniel wonders. A page turn shows him gazing through a spider’s web hung with hundreds of tiny rainbow colored droplets of water. “To me” the spider says “poetry is when morning dew glistens.” Each spread brings an encounter with an animal and a new thought about poetry. Daniel peers wide eyed into a chipmunk’s hole (“Poetry is a home with many windows in an old stone wall”) and trails a hand in a frog pond (“Poetry is a cool pond to dive into”). When Sunday comes he’s seen in silhouette in the park in front of a small audience reciting a poem woven from the animals’ answers. A story like this might take place in the country but in setting hers in a large urban park Archer (The Wise Fool) asserts that poetry and nature belong to city children too. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."