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School Supplies: A Book of Poems Hardcover – August 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689804970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689804977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Pack your book bag--it's time for school! Eminent poets Carl Sandburg, Jane Yolen, and Myra Cohn Livingston join pens with newer writers to celebrate that most delicious of autumn icons: school supplies. A "wide-awake / freshly-painted-yellow / school bus" takes 30 students to school, where they spend their day with ballet-dancing ballpoint pens, tiny-jawed dragons (paper clips), lunch bags full of mysteries, and all the colors of the world in a box of crayons. Sixteen beautiful poems by a diverse array of wordsmiths, collected by poet Lee Bennett Hopkins (anthologist of Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry and Sports! Sports! Sports! A Poetry Collection to name two of many) provide an unusual, absolutely delightful new perspective on the ordinary tools of school. Renee Flower's energetic, almost garish watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are captivating, although they seem out of balance with the elegant verses. All in all, though, this is a striking compilation that will appeal to kids, parents, and teachers, especially in the days leading up to the beginning of school. (Ages 5 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Inveterate anthologist Hopkins (Side by Side: Poems to Read Together) begins one of his best collections with a verse of his own about a "freshly-painted-yellow/ school bus" that carries not only "thirty pairs of sleepy eyes" but "hundreds/ upon hundreds/ of/ school supplies." Balancing work from such poets as Carl Sandburg and Myra Cohn Livingston with noteworthy entries from talented newcomers, he selects uniformly strong poems. Each provides crisp images that transform ordinary school utensils into verbal fun: ordinary paper clips become "dragon grips" with "jaws/ no bigger/ than an inch" (Rebecca Kai Dotlich); a compass "draws/ a perfect circle/ like a skater gracefully/ tracing/ half a figure eight/ on paper ice" (Georgia Heard); lines in a new notebook run "like telephone wires" while "the alphabet settles between them,/ comfortable as a flock of crows" (Judith Thurman). Flower's (City Noise) zany illustrations fill the pages with sprawling, wildly colored designs of cubist-style children and enough animated crayons, erasers and alphabet letters to please both teachers and students ready to begin a new year. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
So glad I discovered this book for my 3rd graders... great for the first week of school. We found all the describing words and one student noticed the "Picasso" illustrations! Lots of similes -- which of course we found as well. Really a DARLING book...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am the illustrator of this book. It was selected for inclusion in Bank Street College Children's Books of the Year, 1997, and also Pick of the Lists (1996) American Bookseller Magazine. It is very popular with visitors to my studio. If you are visiting Mill Valley, California, please visit Susan Cummins Gallery to see more of my work. Thank You Amazon for making it possible to search for books by the illustrator's name. It has not possible to do this at my local bookstores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Perkal on March 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I disagree strongly with the Booklist reviewer's opinion of Renee Flower's illustrations. The illustrations are indeed bright, but they are fun, unique and a refreshing departure from the usual fine art style, museum-quality paintings (read: dull) that grace the pages of one too many children's books. Rather than detracting from the poems, they enhance the quality of the book by capturing the mood and spirit of each poem. All too often, children's books are serious, stodgy things. Flower's illustrations are extraordinarily fun, and so is this book.
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This is a great book to read to 1st - 3rd graders for the first week of classes. Before showing the students the illustrations, I read the poem, leaving out what the item is in the reading. Students try to guess the school supply being described. A good ice-breaker for the first week of school. Poems are very short, illustrations are humorous.
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