Poet Heidi Mordhorst explores the peculiar musings and peak experiences of childhood, squeezing the private adventures we experience into a few juicy words. She shows us how our days are made up of both the sweet and the tart--euphoric bike rides to buy sweets and plans to run away--as well as quirky moments of reverie, such as imagining birds will grow from birdseed. feeling. Jesse Torrey's vibrant photographs make each poem bright as day.
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Heidi Mordhorst has been a singer, an improvisational comedienne, a quilter, and a salsa dancer. She currently teaches the Caterpillar Class in Bethesda, Maryland, where she lives with her two children.
Jesse Torrey was born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in New Jersey. After teaching art and photography for several years, Jesse now works as a free-lance photographer. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with her husband and their two children.
Gr. 2-4. "Let loose . . . hold safe." In a poem about soaring high on a swing, Mordhorst captures the rhythm and movement of holding on tight as a swing swoops back and rushes forward. Many of the other poems in this lively collection also blend immediate physical experience with the wonder of opposites in a child's daily life, whether it's the combination of noise and quiet that cause a child to wake in the morning or how being alone allows a child's imagination to fly ("what's inside me rushes out"). The best poem, "How to Run Away," could be a picture book in itself. Some of the color photos overwhelm the poetry; it's sometimes hard to get near the words printed on the bright, big images. Most pictures, however, leave space to imagine the fun. A book for writing classes as well as for reading aloud. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Wordsong, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111590782925
Book Description Wordsong. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1590782925 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1641561