Takayo Noda Dear World

ISBN 13: 9781439506578

Dear World

9781439506578: Dear World

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A child's world is full of beauty. Each day offers new discoveries to celebrate. This luminous compilation of poems gives readers a look at the world through a child's eye. Each poem takes the form of a child's letter to the Earth and all its creatures and is accompanied by exquisite cut-paper collages. This breathtaking collection celebrates our world and inspires us to observe every detail with imagination and delight.

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About the Author:

Takayo Noda is a collage artist, printmaker, writer, and illustrator. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She started showing her work publicly in 1981 and has received numerous awards.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-In a series of short poems, this book exudes a sense of joy and wonder in the world around us. In a child's voice, the lyrical verses praise, question, and hope for many things. Each selection begins with a salutation as a note or a letter, as in the wish for an old car without wheels: "dear car- you will not need wheels/if you have wings/I wish you wings/in your dream tonight." The verses do not always follow the path that readers might expect (the poem to the trees asks them to choose their favorite of the youngster's five tree-house designs), yet they are perfect in the way they capture the creative and whimsical ruminations of a child. The warmth and love shine through not only the text, but in the illustrations as well. In bright and colorful cut-paper and watercolor collages, each scene comes to life. Small, square houses with triangle roofs; chunky trees with big, individual leaves; hearts; stars; and flowers repeat throughout, establishing this world as comfortable and familiar. The design makes the volume a good choice for both individual reading and sharing. The left-hand quarter of each spread features one poem against a white background, leaving the remaining three-quarters filled with the corresponding art. There are no rough edges or jarring notes in this marvelous offering.
Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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