Here is James Stevenson's follow-up to his popular poetry collection, Sweet Corn, which School Library Journal labeled in a starred review "A book to savor." Inside this volume are poems to make you laugh and poems to make you dream...and wonder ...and think. Some are exuberant and some are quirky and some are sad, but each and every one will leave you hungry for more. So open the book, dig in-and enjoy!
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James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.From Booklist:
Gr. 2^-5, younger for reading aloud. With a physical immediacy and a casual voice, Stevenson's poems capture quiet, intensely moving moments of daily life in a small seaside town, and his exquisite, understated watercolors extend the concrete particulars of the words. The facts just seem effortlessly to become metaphor without a breath of pretension while still retaining the freshness of the child's viewpoint. Everything is direct, easy, and magical. In "Driftwood," the things are big and small ("logs, branches, tree trunks, / boards, sticks, planks, and railroad ties") and the questions elemental ("When did they get here? / How far did they come? / How hard was the trip? / How long will they stay?"). There is no irony; Stevenson never cuts his subjects down, even when he is imagining the talk between two old geezers, the Mack Truck and the Shovel, where they stand rusting in the weeds. A great poem to read aloud is "Backyards," which gives the rhythm and repetition of a train passing and the blurry vignettes seen from the window. The occasional loving poems about the dog Chelsea reach a climax in the piece about her dying, where absence is palpable. In contrast, there are sudden snorts of laughter ("At Henry's farm they all speak Geese") with the perfect onomatopoeic nonsense. As in Stevenson's collection Sweet Corn (1995), the relation between the words and pictures will make kids see the wry, sweet, joyful, and mysterious things around them. Hazel Rochman
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Descrizione libro Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110688152619
Descrizione libro Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0688152619
Descrizione libro Greenwillow Books, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0688152619