A crisp wind blows. A voice howls. Masked figures dance by moonlight. And the taste of chocolate is in everyone's mouth.
It's Halloween! Lee Bennett Hopkins captures the spirit of everyone's favorite holiday in this sweet and spooky collection of poems for beginning readers.
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Lee Bennett Hopkins's poetry anthologies include Marvelous Math, which won a Parents' Choice Gold Award and was a Reading Rainbow selection, and Spectacular Science. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Westchester County, New York, and Cape Coral, Florida.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3–A collection of 12 previously published poems. Virginia Kroll's Something's Coming, Craig Crist-Evans's My Pumpkin, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich's Costume Hour set the stage. Michele Krueger highlights the glee of Trick-or-Treating, also expressed in other selections, and the evening winds down with Jane Yolen's On Halloween and Hopkins's 12:01 a.m. The simple yet evocative language will delight beginning readers. For example, in Sweet Tooth, Candace Pearson uses clever wordplay to describe candy corn: A handful/of loose teeth rattle/in my pocket,/triangles of orange/and yellow/bitten off just so.... Each poem is presented on a distinctive spread painted in dusky tones. Schuett's illustrations show a friendly suburban neighborhood, feature a mix of multicultural characters, and reflect all of the fun of this special night. For a double treat, pair this offering with Amy Sklansky's Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans (Holt, 2004).–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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