Synopses & Reviews
The wind and I play
tug-of-war with my new kite.
The wind is winning.
When youandrsquo;re a guy, nature is one big playgroundandmdash;no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuffandmdash;like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school.
So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree-climbing and kite-flying? Why, guyku, of course!
"This wonderful collection will resonate with all children as they recognize their earnest and sometimes misdirected antics in each poem. The pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations mirror the simplicity of each entry and capture the expressions of the boys and their adventures honestly. This is haiku at its most fun. All libraries should grab it for their collections."--School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;This wonderful collection will resonate with all children as they recognize their earnest and sometimes misdirected antics in each poem. The pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations mirror the simplicity of each entry and capture the expressions of the boys and their adventures honestly. This is haiku at its most fun. All libraries should grab it for their collections.andquot;andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;This is childhood as adults remember it, or want to remember it: no flat-screen TVs, no computers, no cars or cellphones. Whether children will recognize their own lives in these wistful visions is not clear, but they will certainly appreciate Raczka's humor.andquot;andmdash;Publishers Weeklyand#160; andquot;Non-rhyming poetry can be a tough sell for kids. For some, though, haiku is less intimidating, thanks to its brevity and reliance on rigid rulesandmdash;and intimidating is one thing this book is not.andquot;andmdash;Booklist
andquot;Raczka and Reynolds are a winning team, and the results will start many boy (and girl) readers thinking about turning their own experience into a seventeen-syllable poem.andquot;andmdash;The Horn Book
"Imaginative and accessible, these verses show how the most ordinary of pleasures can pique a child's or a pair of friends' curiosity to explore the natural and urban worlds."--Booklist "This quiet, thoughtful collection shows that not all poetry is meant to be read in a straightforward manner."--School Library Journal "Words and pictures pull readers along in a visceral reading experience."--Publishers Weekly "The imagery is precise and accessible, with touches of both whimsy and realism."--Bulletin
Raczka and Reynolds present a humorous haiku collection perfect for guys (bigand small) that celebrates outdoor fun throughout the seasons. Full color.
Half the fun is figuring out how to read this fresh collection of up and down poems for young readers! Engaging and innovative, A Meal of the Stars shows how we live in a swaying, crashing, rising, fallingand#8212;but utterly magicaland#8212;world.
Engaging and innovative, A Meal of the Stars shows how we live in a swaying, crashing, rising, fallingand#8211;but utterly magicaland#8211;world. With art merry and spirited, this distinctive collection of up and down poems reveals the extraordinary in the ordinary, resulting in a book young readers wonand#8217;t want to put down!
About the Author
Dana Jensen both writes poetry and teaches it to children.andnbsp;Heandnbsp;hasandnbsp;taught poetryandnbsp;with the Twin Citiesand#8217; COMPAS Writers and Artists in the Schooland#8217;s program for many years. He makes his debut with this collection. TRICIA TUSA
has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including In a Blue Room
by Jim Averbeck; Mrs. Spitzer's Garden
by Edith Pattou;andnbsp;The Magic Hatandnbsp;
by Mem Fox; The End of the Beginning
by Avi; and her own Follow Me