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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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 EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved