From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Fresh summer corn, a wrecking machine ("goodbye to the house next door"), and small animals of winter and summer are among the subjects observed in these charming verses. As she did in When Whales Exhale and Other Poems (McElderry, 1996) and her other collections, Levy shapes her simple images in varied patterns of cadence and rhyme. Beauty and humor sparkle gently in the poems that reflect on familiar events. A look at "Streetwise Weeds" begins, "I like those weeds/of sturdy stock/that push through/sidewalks, brick and rock." This book is a handy compendium for shared reading, enjoying small moments, and encouraging observation of the world around us.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Gr. 3^-5. Levy maintains the buoyant tone of her engaging When Whales Exhale and Other Poems
(1996) in this new collection, which celebrates looking up to observe icicles, fireworks, and comet Hale-Bopp, and out the car window to a passing "Cowscape"; listening for the sounds of "Feet Talk" and "Cricket Nights"; and evoking the magic of "Rain at the Night Game" and "A Very Big Spiderweb." The poems are short in length and line, mostly free verse, and they combine simple, direct language with nature imagery, often sounding like haiku: "A mountain stream / to cross--/ let's go!" Although Robin Bell Corfield has chosen to illustrate a wild poem about playing in surf ("Scream! Run from the sea dragon's / wrath . . .") with a picture of a rather calm-looking child, her small, sepia-wash natural scenes strike graceful visual notes. Levy displays a consistently distinct voice and a lively imagination ("Listen as your feet / tell you where they walk") to go along with the sharply attuned senses that every good poet needs; readers and listeners will fall in love with her work. John Peters