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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this picture-book collection from veteran anthologist Hopkins, 13 well-known children s poets celebrate

how books can take readers on wild adventures ( I storm / toward shackled screams / of a kidnapped damsel ), as well as how plain words can reveal the surprising drama in ordinary things, even the rhyming sounds of a clock: tick-tock / ding-dong / bing-bong. Karla Kuskin speaks about the wonders of

wandering / wonderful pages and the nonsense and knowledge the come tumbling out. And in another selection, Kristine O Connell George writes, riding home from the library, / don t need a window seat. / Got a great new book to read, / eleven more beneath my feet. The whimsical, light-toned acrylic artwork extends the metaphors with witty, fantastical transformations of books: in one scene, a dark-blue

book cover becomes an ocean, where you can dive in the sea of words and swim. Fun for sharing with preschoolers, this will also spark discussion in grade-school writing and art classes. Notes about each poet are appended. (Booklist-Hazel Rochman) --Booklist

About the Author

Lee Bennett Hopkins is the recipient of the Christopher Award, the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion, and the NCTE Poetry Award. He is also the founder of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

Yayo has won numerous prizes for his illustrations. Kirkus Reviews praised the whimsy and fun in his illustrations for The King Who Barked by Charlotte Foltz Jones. A native of Colombia, he lives in Montreal, Canada.

More About the Author

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is author of FOREST HAS A SONG as well as the forthcoming READING TIME (poetry), WITH MY HANDS (poetry), EVERY DAY BIRDS (picture book), DREAMING OF YOU (picture book), and another still-secret picture book. She is also co-author, with Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons of the grade 2 book, POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES.

On most days, you can find Amy in her cozy old farmhouse in Holland, NY with her husband, their three children, and many pets. When not chasing pets, she also travels around the US, speaking about writing workshop, poetry, and falling in love with words. In 2014, Amy will speak at IRA, the Binghamton Area Reading Council, the Paramus Writing Institute, and in many classrooms and libraries.

Website - www.amyludwigvanderwater.com
The Poem Farm Blog - www.poemfarm.amylv.com
Sharing Our Notebooks Blog - www.sharingournotebooks.amylv.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By First Grade Teacher on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just received my copy of "I am the Book" today in the mail. It is delightful! Every poem celebrates reading and the feelings that good books give to readers. I could relate to the excitement of starting a new book - "Don't Need a Window Seat," having a hard time putting a good book down - "This Book," and perhaps best of all - the sadness of saying goodbye at the end of a much-loved story - "Book," by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.
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