Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices

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"Following his Newbery Medal-winning Joyful Noise, Fleischman offers another collection of beautifully orchestrated, spirited poems for many voices." — BOOKLIST

These rousing, rib-tickling poems demand the joy of reading aloud. Settle back and chant "The Quiet Evenings Here," as Grandma rocks, the clock tick-tocks, and no one cares a hoot for the world outside. Delight in "Seventh-Grade Soap Opera," alive with hearsay about who’s holding hands with whom. This innovative book weaves a tapestry of rhythm that will have readers of all ages sounding off.

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Paul Fleischman grew up in a home filled with books and music. "after years along on the piano bench," he says, "I learned to play the recorder and fell in love iwth the camaraderie of chamber music. Recently, I just joined my first string quartet. What joy! I've tried to bring this bliss into these spoken quartets." The author of many awardwinning books, Paul Fleischman lives in Pacific Grove, California.

Beppe Giacobbe was born in Milan, Italy, in 1953, and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to teaching at the European Institute of Design, he also illustrates book jackets and, in his spare time, creates sculptures out of knicknacks and objects he finds while out walking. He says he is "a calm and meticulous man, who vents his emotions while drawing." Beppe Giacobbe lives in Milan.

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Ghosts, gossip, and Grandma rockin are the diverse subjects of three knee-slapping, tongue-twisting poems intended for choral reading by two, four, or more people. Helpful hints at the beginning will easily jump-start students into a readers theater of rhythmic, repetitive sounds and phrases. Songbook spacing and color-coded line bars dispel any confusion as to how the poems are to be read. As readers settle in with the comfortable format, a gentle walk picks up to a canter, then a trot as they naturally and eagerly up the pace to enliven the story. The first and simplest is a so-called quiet evening in the country, the second a seventh-grade soap opera told mostly over the telephone. In the third, ghosts hover around a table at mealtime, remembering fondly the savory, succulent crunch of cucumbers, the warm buttered roll, a small treasure chest or baked chicken still sizzling, so worthy of praise. Half the fun is the choreography of voices, blending, stumbling, laughing, and harmonizing. Breaking from the black-and-white drawings that graced Fleischmans Joyful Noise (1987) and I Am Phoenix (not reviewed), Giacobbe sets color-clad storyboards in cinematic borders along the lower edge of each page. Gulped breaths and guffaws from the naturally evolving quickened pace are the height of this orchestrated cacophony. (Poetry. 9-13) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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