Lunch Box Mail and Other Poems

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A delightful poetry collection about childhood experiences by a talented newcomer.

"The principal called --
No more school!
It's canceled all week --
April Fool!"

School may not be canceled (sorry about that!) but there are still plenty of fun things to do all week long-getting a haircut with Dad, waiting for the ice-cream man, wishing on a star.

From tummy butterflies on the first day of school, to the excitement of learning how to read, to the joys of slurping Jell-O, this playful poetry collection captures childhood in all its bumps and thrills. So if you'd like to know the significance of purple goop or the type of vegetable you can laugh right out your nose, turn the page and read on-you're sure to get a friendly case of the giggling hiccups!

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Jenny Whitehead insisted on having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in her school lunch box every day for eight years. She credits them for making her brain think in rhyme all the time. A freelance illustrator for greeting cards and magazines, Jenny lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Pete, and their daughter, Bailey. This is her first children's book.

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Gr 1-3-This collection of 38 amusing poems is somewhat uneven. Whitehead's strong points are her gift for point of view and a facility for the rhythms and sounds of words. "The Bug Hotel," written in the voice of an insect talking to a desk clerk at a hotel, is fun and original. An illustration depicts a big glass jar with various creatures lounging inside: "Our room is kind of stuffy,/we could use a little air-/would you be so kind and tap/a hole or two up there?" The author's child's-eye view is often right on target ("What could be slower/than turtles and snails?/Waiting for birthdays,/and popcorn to pop"). However in other poems, clich‚s creep in ("In the garden,/every spring,/the sparrows chirp,/the bluebirds sing"). The gouache-and-acrylic cartoon paintings are in soft colors and while appealing, don't have much more depth than a greeting card.

Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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