Fifteen evocative poems convey the wonders of the sky and weather, from the vivid image of fireworks against a cold winter sky, to flocks of migrating monarch butterflies, to an approaching storm.
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Although many of her poems about the sky are fairly predictable, Singer ( Turtle in July ) redeems herself with flashes of memorable wit and occasionally vivid language. Twilight, for example, is the "hour of the bat / when the sky turns the color / of an old man's hair / . . . / when the world fades like a photo / left lying in a drawer." In fog, "The sky is a liar / The ground is a sneak / All footsteps belong to strangers / even your own." Ray's ( Maggie's Whopper ) varied illustrations occupy about three-quarters of each spread, spilling across the gutter; the remaining quarter is reserved for the text, which is set against a delicately colored background, and, like the art, framed with white borders. Whether she is depicting the gray grass of twilight, a "mustard sky" in July, or crowds of people "in the city" where "the sky / is served up in wedges / like pie," Ray's mixed-media paintings add mood and texture. The abstract bright lights at the fair seem to have motion, contrasting, for example, with the bluish white of the hushed fog. The summer and winter skies on the book jacket do not do justice to the treasures to be found inside. Ages 5-8.
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Grade 3-5-Singer's facility with language is evident in this collection of 15 poems. Her verses are about the natural world (the movement of the stars, a swarm of monarch butterflies, twilight) and human nature (arguing about cloud names as a thunderstorm approaches, being frightened during a tornado, swinging skyward on the scariest ride at the fair). Her ability to evoke certain images with wordplay allows attentive readers to experience the situations she describes. About the fog, she writes: "No one is your friend/in the fog/The sky is a liar/ The ground is a sneak/All footsteps belong to strangers/even your own." Ray's mixed-medium artwork ranges from the soft, gray-green watercolor of fog; to a striking, orange-and-black marker rendering of monarchs against a pale blue penciled sky; to a batiklike, neon blur of fairground lights in oil pastel; to a soft, charcoal twilight scene. Each picture is a mirror of the poem beside it. An appealing collection for pleasure reading or for classroom use.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Book Description Atheneum, 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027828824
Book Description Atheneum, 1994. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027828824