Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Iandgt;Come, words, come in your every color.andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Whether we are sharing poems or secrets, acting onstage, or just telling jokes, the words we use are our best friends. Join acclaimed poet Lee Bennett Hopkins in this glorious collection celebrating words in speech, reading, language, and drama and how they influence our lives. Works by Emily Dickinson, Eve Merriam, and Nikki Grimes make whispers, metaphors, and dreams come alive, while Karen Barbour's illustrations interpret the magic of language with vivid hues. This is a collection sure to inspire wordsmiths of all ages, over and over. And just maybe there's a poet who didn't know it in andlt;Iandgt;you!andlt;/Iandgt;
"The third book in a series (begun with Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems, also illustrated by Barbour), this picture book collection is a linguistic pleasure. Works by Emily Dickinson, Eve Merriam and Karla Kuskin rub shoulders with poems by Nikki Grimes, David McCord and Hopkins himself. Particularly vivid is Alice Schertle's 'Writing Past Midnight' in which the speaker pictures herself writing a poem about a barn and 'the sound/ of sheep snoring softly/ blends with the hum of computers/ .../ spiderwebs anchor the edge of my desk to the floor/ a small gray verse runs squeaking down one of the rafters.' Unfortunately, Barbour's watercolors, while artistically interesting, sometimes distance readers from the poems. With a few exceptions, such as the stunningly simple illustration for Grimes's 'The Dream,' the paintings can overwhelm the text, their shapes and figures appearing to compete with rather than complement the richly metaphorical poems. Although the human figures bear varying and multicultural skin tones and costumes, they often share a single expression on their stylized faces. For example, illustrating Carl Sandburg's 'Primer Lesson,' a crying boy's face is sprinkled with tears, but is otherwise almost identical to the faces of those who taunt him. Nonetheless, Hopkins's selection of poems about words will delight both teachers and children who want to think about the power and satisfaction words and books can bring. Ages 6-11. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Acclaimed poet Lee Bennett Hopkins selects poems that celebrate words in speech, reading, language, and drama for this collection that contains works by Emily Dickinson, Eve Merriam, and Nikki Grimes. Full color.
About the Author
Lee Bennett Hopkins is a distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist. His poetry anthologies include Side by Side: Poems to Read Together, Song and Dance, School Supplies: A Book of Poems, and most recently My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States. This book is the third in his acclaimed poetry series that includes Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems and Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems. Mr. Hopkins's numerous awards include the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature" and both the Christopher Award and a Golden Kite Award for his poetry autobiography entitled Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. He lives in Westchester County and Greenwich Village in New York.