A collection of haiku brings together such images as a spider in August, bison during a winter storm, crows resting on a phone wire, and a grizzly bear fishing in a stream, all enhanced by woodcut illustrations.
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Christopher Manson is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5?The beauty of haiku is the poet's ability to use strong language to relay powerful images in few syllables. Lewis's choice of words here is radiant, especially with nouns used effectively as verbs. Imagery is further enhanced with words that not only sound right, but look good on the page, e.g. petalworth, saltlick, blizzard. Lewis relaxes the traditional Japanese haiku style, yet maintains the integrity and grace of the form, embracing nature in every potent line. The woodcut text adds much life to the words, tying them more softly to the full-page illustration on the opposite pages. Underscoring the strength of the selections are the stunning woodcut illustrations. In many of the pictures, a minor touch of black juxtaposes beautifully with the shapely text. Done in muted tones, they are still, picking up the subtleties of the poems. They are spare, yet there is much to see. Well-designed pages allow readers to absorb immediately both words and picture, rounding out the experience of reading haiku. Water, sky, snow, sand, and creatures from the lowly spider to the tranquil deer reside in this small, beautiful book. It's a fine example of how the delicate simplicity of poetry can conjure up unforgettable images.?Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
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Book Description Athenum Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Lewis, J. Patrick. BLACK SWAN WHITE CROW. NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1995. First printing. Unpaginated. 4to, Woodcuts by Chris Manson, New hardbound in d/w,. Bookseller Inventory # 44976
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Christopher Manson (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689318995
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689318995
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110689318995
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