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Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and Senses Hardcover – August 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1590786222 ISBN-10: 159078622X

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: WordSong (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159078622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590786222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—San José and Johnson contend that their selections in this cheerful anthology are organized to serve Howard Gardner's groups of intelligences: language, senses (eyes, ears, movement), rational thinking, dealing with others, and knowledge of ourselves. The compilers also want to encourage readers to write their own poems and occasionally nudge them in that direction in brief notes heading each lively section ("Imagine That," "Wiggle, Waggle, Shimmy, Shake," and more). Spread across a broad white page or two and accompanied by pleasant watercolor figures and vignettes, the poems come from widely varied poets, familiar and new. Mixed throughout are entries by children whose names and ages are given. While sources for the poems by adults are acknowledged in the end, San José and Johnson never explain the origins of the children's poems. This slim volume will provide many moments of reading and listening pleasure.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston END


Fun for reading aloud, the very short verses in this collection are easy, rhythmic, and immediate. Some are written by young kids and some by children's poets, and there are even a few lines by Shakespeare. The subjects are child-friendly ("I like mud") and cover a wide range of feelings and dreams, and the sounds of the words are part of the meaning ("squishing, flying, slinking, thumping"). The anthologists encourage everyone to join in ("Can you move like the words in the poem while you're saying them?"), and Hall's clear colorful illustrations never overwhelm the words as they show kids in action. There are poems about Mom and Dad ("I snuggle up to them when I m scared") and about yearning to take off ("I hear the wild geese flying / In the dead of night"). In one selection, a six-year-old offers a great visual image: "If I frown / and turn / upside down / I'm smiling." A great choice for sharing in the classroom or at home. --Booklist

San José and Johnson...have organized an anthology of traditional rhymes, lesser-known verses and nicely crafted child-authored poems. The selections offer "a path" to interpreting the world...so the readers' experiences are filtered through their own senses as influenced by the nuance of language, visual imagery and the sounds of a vibrant world...A versatile collection to encourage creativity and multiple learning strategies. --Kirkus Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Selected by Christine San Jose and Bill Johnson, with illustrations by Melanie Hall, "Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and Senses" is a sampler collection of poems for children, many of them written by children. The children's anthology is divided in sections titled Tell me, Listen to This, Look at This, Imagine That, Wiggle Waggle Shimmy Shake, Love to Share, and That's Me! Playful, brightly colored illustrations help stamp this a child-friendly poetry collection. The introduction contains a helpful section called "Enjoying Poetry Together with Your Child" and emphasizes that reading poetry to children can inspire them to write poems of their own. "Every Second Something Happens" is rightly described as 'poetry in the service of children's intellectual development,' or conversely, 'helping children use all their native wits and sensitivities to discover the myriad delights of poetry.(p. 5)' "Every Second Something Happens" is directed at children ages 5-7.
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By Katereads on April 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The poems in this book delight & engage little minds.
It's perfect to ignite a love of poetry in a child!
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