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There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days—he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.
With illustrations by Maurice Sendak, The Bat-Poet—a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book selection—is a collection of the bat's own poems and the bat's own world: the owl who almost eats him; the mockingbird whose irritable genius almost overpowers him; the chipmunk who loves his poems, and the bats who can't make heads or tails of them; the cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, and sparrows who fly in and out of Randall Jarrell's funny, lovable, truthful fable.
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Randall Jarrell's The Bat-Poet is the story of an artist. Although the bat-poet may look like a furry mouse with wings, he swells with an artistic sensibility. One day, he discovers how amazing it is to stay awake during daylight hours, exploring things mostly unseen by standard, nocturnal bats. But when he tries to get his bat friends to stay awake with him, they say, "Day's to sleep in." And so the sensitive bat-poet is left alone to embrace the wonders of the day, including the fascinating activities of the possums, squirrels, chipmunks, and especially the mockingbird. The bat-poet attempts to sing a song like the mockingbird's, "But when he tried, his high notes were all high and the notes in between were all high," so he imitates the mockingbird's words instead, and concocts poetry about how the sun "shines like a million moons" and other daytime marvels. Children will identify with the bat-poet's struggle to be understood, and adults will revel in Jarrell's artful prose and gentle wisdom. Maurice Sendak decorates more than illustrates the book with delicate, endearing pen-and-ink sketches of woodland scenes--the perfect complement to Jarrell's lyrical, philosophical, exquisitely spun fable. School Library Journal writes, "The totality charms by turns the eye, the ear, and the imagination, and as true poetry must, it satisfies the heart." (All ages) --Karin SnelsonFrom the Back Cover:
There was once a little brown bat who couldn't sleep days—he kept waking up and looking at the world. Before long he began to see things differently from the other bats, who from dawn to sunset never opened their eyes. The Bat-Poet is the story of how he tried to make the other bats see the world his way.
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Book Description Viking Children's Books, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Slight shelfwear to the dust jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008040156
Book Description Kestrel Books, Harmondsworth, 1977. hard cover with dustjacket. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Maurice Sendak (illustrator). First edition. Illustrated with black and white drawings by Maurice Sendak. 43 pages VG/G. Shelf wear and edge wear to dust jacket with a short tear on top back edge, small rubbed area on front, overall very good book in good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 23101
Book Description Kestrel Books, England, 1977. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First UK Edition. Beige tinted endpapers, b&w illstns by Maurice Sendak. Very tidy, minimal markings and wear. Intact well protected dust jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 009128
Book Description Kestrel Books, Harmondsworth, 1977. Pub's Cloth. Condition: Vg. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. Maurice Sendak (illustrator). First UK. There is a very small crease to the bottom corner of the lower cover, and small creases to the head and foot of the spine. The dustwrapper is slightly worn on the folds of the upper edge. Seller Inventory # 21360
Book Description Kestrel, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Kestrel 1977 First Edition hardback. very good in very good jacket , prie clipped. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Seller Inventory # ABE-4185579989