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Bright, mixed-media collage scenes illustrate this picture-book poetry collection that plays with literary allusions. In “Cliffhanger,” a desperate dog clinging to a cliff above a shark-filled ocean implores, “Please, author, write / a sequel fast!” In another selection, a character pleads for his life: “Don’t close the cover and don’t walk away / Don’t leave me squished in here day after day.” On one spread, the index brags: “I’m telling you, kid: ignore the rest of the book. / All you really need is me.” Plot has a voice in another poem: “My characters / hate me. They don’t think I’m grand. / But without me / their plots / would be dreary / and bland.” And in a poem for three voices, Beginning and Ending try to comfort Middle and show him he matters, and then the three vie for importance. With its mix of poetic forms and wry twists on language-arts terms, this is a natural choice for sharing in classrooms and young writers’ workshops. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman

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"Well crafted and clever, covering a variety of aspects of books and reading...An appealing offering that will be especially popular with librarians."--School Library Journal
 
"There's definite readaloud and performance potential here."--Bulletin

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780547223001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547223001
  • ASIN: 0547223005
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the CAN BE... series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice) and BOOKSPEAK! (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable). Laura shares inspiration and practical tips with educators about poetry, nonfiction, and more, and she loves to visit schools to share reading and writing love. Visit Laura at laurasalas.com

Besides reading and writing, Laura loves going on adventures, working out, playing games, singing (badly--at home), and doing Rock Band.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyn H. Black on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Laura Purdie Salas's BOOKSPEAK is a celebration of all things book. From how the letters look on the page to how a book feels being checked out of the library to elements like plot - even the index! - there is much to enjoy. My favorite lines are from a poem titled "Skywriting":

Line after line of inky black birds
Forming the flocks that shift into words. ...

BOOKSPEAK will give young readers new insights into a familiar object, and perhaps inspire them to come up with their own poems, too. Josée Bisaillon's illustrations are varied and lively.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This marvelously vibrant book swirls with poems about books. Have you ever read one about an index? Perhaps you've rushed down the aisles of a bookstore to see what kind of a party you can have in the book stacks. You'll read poems about a cliffhanger, magical characters, perfect books, greasy books, people who create the books, and even the book cover. The poems simply beg to be read aloud and discussed in story or circle time. One of my secretive favorites is the acrostic poem, "Top Secret."

Top Secret

Describe your desires and they become mine.
I'm a treasure box where feelings can shine.
All thinkers need pages where dreams can take flight.
Reveal all
Your secrets, one entry per night.

In an acrostic, the first letter of each line in this poem reveals that the top secret book is a D-I-A-R-Y. Children will not only learn about books, but also can learn about the different kinds of poetry. The poems are whimsical, charming, instructional, and just plain old fun. The delightful mixed media artwork swirls through the book as it meshes perfectly with each poem. This is a book about poems with poems about books ... how good can that get? This is one book that definitely should be added to your shelves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As anyone who knows me at all already knows, I am a lover of books. And I am a lover of poetry. And I am a teacher. What then, could be better, than a book that combines books, and poetry, and could also be used in a classroom?

BOOKSPEAK by Laura Purdie Salas is a book about reading. Some poems- Calling All Readers, The Sky is Falling, Hydrophobiac, Vacation Time, On the Shelf and Under the Bed captures the joys of reading, owning, and caring (or not caring) for books.

Several of the poems, I've Got This Covered, A Character Pleads for His Life, Picture This, I'm Conflicted, and The Middle's Lament: A Poem for Three Voices and The End will be terrific to use in the fiction unit I am currently completing with my fourth graders. And then there's Index to share when we are working on nonfiction. (Do anyone else's students have trouble remembering the difference between an index and a table of contents?). Several other poems- Paper Sky, Written in Snow, and Skywriting- simply create beautiful images around books and words:

The illustrations, by Canadian Josee Bisaillon, are a combination of paint (I think), cut paper, and collage, mostly done in shades of orange, blue, golds, greens. Hard to describe, but gorgeous!

The End is one of my favorites, because it so captures me as a reader:
THE END

You race,
toward me,
checking pages numbers
and calculating their distance.

You
sprint skip skim
to win
the reader's race
to cross me--

the book's finish line.

But then
you
smile, cry, sigh

flip to chapter one
and start again.

I am not so much
The End
as I am an
invitation back
to the beginning.

- Laura Purdie Salas
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janelle on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had heard many good things about "BookSpeak!" and looked for it at my library. Unfortunately, it does not yet have a copy. In the end I decided to order the book from Amazon, and I am so glad that I did! I am happy to have my very own copy that I don't have to return by a certain date ~ now I can reread it whenever I want.

I am a huge fan of books and poetry, which makes "BookSpeak!" a perfect book for me! (My children love it, also.) By the time I finished reading through the book the first time, I was grinning from ear to ear. Author Laura Purdie Salas shares her own joy of books through her clever, delightful poems -- and her words are complemented nicely by Josee Bisaillon's whimsical illustrations.

I love this book so much, I am planning to purchase another copy to give to my son's first grade teacher this Christmas. I think it would make a great addition to any classroom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ashman on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Laura Purdie Salas's clever and rhythmic poems are a wonderful tribute to books, words, and stories. And Josee Bisaillon's illustrations are gorgeous. A must for classrooms, libraries and budding bibliophiles -- be sure to mark it with a paper love tattoo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CW on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What I love about Laura Purdie Salas' books is her complete sense of craft blending with the playfulness of her writing. This book continues that trend. Books are timeless and Salas is as well. Writing poems from a books point of view is fun as well as educational. SALAS POWER!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Vardell on October 5, 2012
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The rhyme, rhythm, and voice of each poem told from the point of view of a book will not only inspire children to read THIS book, but will inspire them to read period. Salas provides clever poems about book components as well as many varied forms for promoting poetry writing. This is one of my favorite books of poetry for children published in 2011!
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