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BookSpeak!: Poems About Books Hardcover – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547223005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547223001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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

More About the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A LEAF CAN BE... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, NCTE Notable Children's Book, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.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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Laura Purdie Salas's BOOKSPEAK is a celebration of all things book.
Robyn H. Black
My seven-year-old daughter has inherited my love of books and reading, and we had so much fun reading aloud these wonderful poems about books.
Z Hayes
Writing poems from a books point of view is fun as well as educational.
CW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 10 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 Janelle on October 17, 2012
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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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My daughter and I are ardent readers and when I saw this book at our local library, I knew we'd both enjoy it. My seven-year-old daughter has inherited my love of books and reading, and we had so much fun reading aloud these wonderful poems about books.

Each poem is accompanied by vivid, colorful illustrations that capture the magic of books - of the adventures one can take through a well-written story, the magical lands one can visit, and many more. One of our favorites is "A Character Pleads for His Life", where the poem captures a character's need to be liberated from the confines of a closed book. "Please open the cover and liberate me!" the desperate character pleads.

The poems capture all manner and content of books - written in such a unique way that they appeal to both children and adults. There's a poem dedicated to the "Index", one that creatively captures the value of keeping a diary, bookplates, covers, and many more! This is a delightful collection, beautifully-illustrated to capture the essence of books and one which will in turn charm young and old bibliophiles.
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By GJR on November 1, 2013
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One of the most delightful & creative books I've seen! I especially enjoyed the poems written from a clever "point of view" and the artful play with words in both poetry & illustrations!
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