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A collection of poems about a variety of events and experiences
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Grade 4-7-- Livingston gives readers another look at the world they think they know in these 45 poems about people, animals, kitchen table, nightlight, dance recital. Two have appeared in her holiday anthologies, one in the September 1988 issue of Cricket, and her four "seasons of reading" poems were on the Children's Book Council bookmarks in 1980. The book has no illustrations, and needs none. The abstract, desert, night-view cover art is perfect. Livingston's word portraits are strong, and do much in a few brush strokes. "Coyotes" is so clear, so perfectly timed that the last lines are chilling: "And then they howl,/ And then they kill." Her native American poems echo unnamed singers on the plains. The only problem is "Fog," which brings Sandburg to mind. On the other hand, "Ladybug" is an improvement on the old chant. All of the poems should be read aloud. The title poem, "Remembering," looks at a shell collection: "They are all that is left of an August day/ when the waves washed in/ the ocean's bones." Wherever there is an audience for poetry beyond jokes, this belongs. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
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Book Description Margaret K. McElderry, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110689504896
Book Description Margaret K. McElderry, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0689504896