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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805066209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066203
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A poetic celebration of seasonal fun. Most of the selections are no more than one or two lines, while the longest verses are four lines. All of them are simple, with rhyming that's both easy to anticipate and to remember. The many instances of repetition ("hoe, hoe, hoe" with "row, row, row") and lots of sound words ("rumple, diddle, dumpling," "splashy, splashy," "hippety, clippety clap") make these poems enjoyable to hear and say. To add to the fun, words and lines are used to form clever and sometimes unexpected shapes and images, such as birds' beaks, a kite's string, or the ocean's waves. The poems feature kids playing in the sand, sledding in the snow, or chasing autumn leaves. The palette is filled with bright, jazzy colors both in the illustrations and in the fonts used with shaped words. Like Brad Burg's Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play (Putnam, 2002) and Paul B. Janeczko's A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), this collection will enchant young audiences and help them look at their worlds in a new light.
Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 3. Simple, bright paintings match the tone in the playful, upbeat concrete poems that make up this debut collection. Organized into four seasonal sections, the poems celebrate universal experiences straight from a child's world (staying dry under an umbrella in a rainstorm or flying a kite) as well as experiences specific to each time of year: in winter, for example, there are both Hanukkah and Christmas selections. There is a range of sophistication. Some poems seem geared toward the preschool set with nursery rhyme nonsense: "By the splishy, splashy ocean, where we wiggly giggly play." Other selections use abstract metaphors that elementary-school children may better appreciate: "Winter's icy fingers grip the gutter's numb unsmiling lip." Throughout, Roemer maintains an ear for delicious sounds and rolling rhythms that beg to be read, or sung, aloud, and children will delight in the poems' clever, whimsical shapes, which are reinforced by Takahashi's cheery, elemental artwork. Suggest Brad Berg's Outside the Lines (2001) for another winning collection of concrete poetry. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author


Heidi Bee Roemer(Wunderlich)has sold over 400 poems, articles, and stories to various children's magazines and 20 anthologies. Her debut book, Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems, (Henry Holt, 2004) received starred reviews and was a nominee for the Monarch Award, Mockingbird Award, and Great Lakes' Great Books Award. Party is on Chicago Public School's Second Grade Reading List, Chicago Public Library's Best Books, 2004, and CCBC's Best Children's Books of 2005. Heidi nature books, What Kinds of Seeds are These? (2006) and Whose Nest is This? (2009) have also been well received. Heidi co-edited And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, (2012). This self-published anthology received the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze Medal, Children's Poetry Category.

Since 1995, Heidi has served The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-Illinois in various capacities, most recently as Assistant Regional Advisor (2001-2009). She served as an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature, a college-credited correspondence course for adults who want to write for children. Through her own correspondence course, The ABC's of Poetry, Heidi has encouraged and mentored aspiring poets in the U.S and Canada. As a writer-in-residence for several Chicago Public schools, Heidi enjoys sharing her passion for reading, writing, and poetry with students. "Heidi Bee" has visited hundreds schools and libraries. Her playful presentations inspire students to become better readers and writers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a great way to present poetry -- through shapes! The text of each of these poems is cleverly patterned like its topic, with adorable illustrations enhancing them. For example: a poem about rain has the words drizzle down like rain drops and then form the shape of an umbrella. The poems themselves are fun and representitive of some of childhood's most engaging activities and holidays. Poet, Heidi B. Roemer, has a true poet's ear that taps into the heart of children. Hideko Takahashi's illustrations of children of all colors are irresistable. Her bold and muted coloring seem to find the right balance to add even more delight to each poem. This book would be great in the classroom when studying poetry. It's a great way to introduce new poetry styles to children. But, it's also fun to read and look at. If this book doesn't get young ones hooked on poetry I don't know what will!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2004
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KIRKUS Starred REVIEW:
Roemer, Heidi B.
March 01, 2004 - Text and pictures blend seamlessly in this outstanding offering-no mean feat, as Roemer's rhymes are all shaped to evoke seasonal sights: the V's of nestlings' open beaks and skeins of migrating geese, the fall of raindrops, the twist of the garden hose, the paths of "Dancing Leaves" in autumn. Read aloud, the verses irresistibly invite
audience participation--"I take my little rake and my hoe, hoe, hoe;/And break up clods of firt in each row, row, row"-- but lend themselves to silent appreciation, too, as color changes, type sizes and artful placement work together to make them easily legible, even to less-practiced readers.
Takahashi folds the shaped lines into her simple, richly hued outdoor scenes with seeming effortlessness, letting words not only rest within the compositions, but become elements of them, as Christmas tree branches, menorah candles, an owl's crest, and dandelion fluff. She also adds visual surprises and stories of her own, from a child's face that dramatically transforms into a snowman's, to a teeter-tottering mother and daughter with
different skin tones.
A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi's most inventive work
yet. (Picture book/poetry, 6 - 9)
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The author's creativity seems limitless in this book as she provides not only pleasing descriptions, such as "summer snowflakes made of fluff" for dandelions, but places the words so that they make the shape of the dandelion! Her words make a perfect mental picture of the object such as "a sliver, a slice, deliciously nice" for a watermelon. In her "Celebrate" poem, just looking at it, the words forming a flowing flag shape, gives a sense of joyousness and celebration. I can hardly pick a favorite, but "Good-bye Winter" shaped like a rainbow, filling the sky with pent-up springtime emotions, would certainly be one of them.
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By A Customer on April 14, 2004
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Dancing Leaves
Crimson and coral
And yellow as butter-
We reach up to snatch
Waltzing leaves as they flutter.
Hip hip hooray
For fall's festive confetti!
Let's heap the leaves up and jump!
Are you ready?
Picture those charming words falling like leaves across the page. Come To My Party and Other Shape Poems is a volume of thirty-eight seasonal concrete poems. There are very few collections of children's poetry whose focus is specifically on the concrete form. Ms. Roemer's poetry dances across the pages and in the imaginations of her lucky young audience. Her poetry form is enhanced beautifully by the playful illustrations of Hideko Takahashi. This would make a lovely edition to any children's library. I hope this talented new poet doesn't make her growing audience wait too long for her next collection.
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