Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery

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Houses shrink, garden hoses form rainbows, apples hide stars--each of the poems in this magical collection examines an ordinary observation that may yield a most unexpected discovery, glowing with the simple yet extraordinary perceptions of childhood. Contains 23 radiantly illustrated poems.

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Barbara Juster Esbensen is the author of several collections of poetry for young readers, including Cold Stars and Fireflies: Poems of the Four Seasons, illustrated by Susan Bonners, and Words With Wrinkled Knees: Animal Poems, illustrated by John Stadler, a 1987 NCTE Teachers' Choice. Ms. Esbensen lives in Edina, MN.

Eric Beddows has illustrated many books for children, including Shadow Play, and the Newbery Award-winning Joyful Noise, both by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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Noting that ``the most ordinary things can suddenly seem new and unexpected,'' Esbensen evokes the surprise and wonder in everyday images and objects. A sand dollar contains a delightful secret: ``Who can break a dollar?//What a bargain! Five/white doves/ready to fly to your hand//Sea change!'' In a note, the poet explains that sand dollars have dove-shaped teeth. Other images, like this one in ``Time,'' are vague or misleading: ``Until we invented clocks/we counted the hours/in sunlight/and shadow On cloudy days/everybody came in late or/early Everybody/apologized to/everybody There was/no order in the cave.'' Some metaphors intended to enhance the sense of wonder may merely confuse: in ``Pencils,'' the question ``Who/gives them their/lunch?'' puzzles rather than clarifies by muddling the pencil itself with the thoughts of the person who wields it. Beddows's softly rendered illustrations evoke each image with care, sometimes gently elaborating but more often remaining unnecessarily literal. But despite its flaws, the book as a whole does captures a child's imaginative response to the commonplace. A useful springboard for young writers and poets. (Poetry. 8-12) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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