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From Publishers Weekly

Walker (The Color Purple; Finding the Green Stone) praises the surroundings that fortify the human experience. In her vision, people do not work their will on the things around them, but rather the people and the universe influence each other: "There is a flower/ At the tip/ Of my nose/ Smelling/ Me./ There is a sky/ At the end/ Of my/ Eye/ Seeing/ Me." Vitale (When the Wind Stops) paints great swaths of sunset sky that glow from the horizon, illuminating the serene face of a dreaming girl who looks as if she would be at home anywhere. "There is a dance/ That lives/ In my bones/ Dancing/ Me," reads the text, as the heroine, charged from within by streams of incandescent energy, leaps and sways in swirls of sunlight that stream out from her fingertips. "There is a story/ At the end/ Of my arms," Walker concludes, "Telling/ Me!" Now a rainbow falls over the girl's face, and creation holds out marvelous possibilities. Smaller versions of herself surround the girl in a frieze: in these miniature images she flies, dives into the waves with a fish and climbs the leaves of an enormous white flower to kiss its face. It's less a story than an illuminated prayer"an expression of gratitude for one girl, all humans and the whole of the cosmos. All ages. (Apr.)
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Grade 2-5 Walker celebrates the beauty of the world and our connection to it through a series of short verses that praise the senses, e.g., There is an ocean/At the top/Of my/Head/Swimming me. Her use of the seeing, smelling, praising, dancing, etc., at the end of each verse accents and emphasizes human bonds to the world and the arts. Vitale's vibrant, jewel-toned illustrations embolden the folk-art simplicity of each verse. A singer's body merges as one with an instrument. The serene gaze of a star-flecked girl penetrates a cloud-filled night sky. Poetic in its appeal, the artistry of text with illustration highlights the depth of emotion and joyfulness found in the book's pages. Artistically stunning. Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060570806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060570804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a contrary critter. At random moments, never when I can predict their appearance and never when I can guard against them, I will suddenly be beset by a case of the contraries. The very first time I laid eyes on an ad for Alice Walker's, "There Is a Flower At the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me", the contraries hit me full-force. Alice Walker's trying her hand at another children's book, eh? I was unimpressed. Oh sure, it looked cool. So do Madonna's books for that matter. It means nothing. So for months and months and months I refused to read the book. There's no explanation for it. I was simply being petulant. Sight unseen I'd made up my mind that I wasn't interested and that, ladies and gentlemen, was that. Such an attitude might suit a hermit living in a cave somewhere, but it is hardly befitting of a children's librarian. It was hard for me to ignore the fact that slowly the roar surrounding Walker's book has grown louder. It's on one best book of the year list.. no, two! No, three! I couldn't stand idly by and let this happen. If I was going to dislike this book, I was at least going to give myself a reason. So I picked it up and read it cover to cover and wouldn't you know it? It's not bad. Not bad at all. Certainly finding the right illustrator was key to the book's success, but nobody can say that Walker hasn't found a topic appealing to child-reader set. It's admittedly not the kind of poem I'd immediately gravitate towards, but I'd be lying to you if I said the book wasn't oddly beautiful. Not a first choice, but certainly a worthy one.

A young girl, her face visible only in the lower right-hand corner of the page, sniffs a pale pink bloom. Says the text, "There is a flower at the tip of my nose smelling me.
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I really loved the brilliant color and the way each of the reader's senses was brought out in the book. For small children the colorful pictures will be irresistible, and for school age children it is an in depth look at the way our senses enhance our everyday life.
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My 22-month-old loves the illustrations and is intrigued by the "reverse" thinking (a flower smelling her?) What a fun, creative and enticing book for all children!
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I have a favorite quote that I like and this goes along with what this book is about. I forgot who wrote this, but it goes like this:

"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to meet you."

This book is about how nature is meeting the author and getting to know her and how the author is essentially passive and is just enjoying all that nature is giving back to her emotionally. Basically, the flower is so beautiful, that she feels that it has a personality that wants to spiritutally connect to her. Instead of her leading the dog, the dog is leading her, and she can just feel free to spiritually experience that without having to be the leader--its a book about accepting the moments of life as they come, and the spiritual contact we sometimes don't experience because we are too busy thinking and planning for the next thing.

It's a beautiful book that makes you stop and realize that there is so much happening around us that we just tune out to, but if we just don't think so much and just feel and try to emotionally identify with nature and it's beauty and the beauty inside of us, there is beauty all around us. Its a book about feeling joyful and rejoicing--at least that is what I felt this BEAUTIFUL BOOK is about.

The illustrations are simple but very colorful, but that is what the book is about--the simplicity of life and its wonders---how nature can touch us if we don't try so hard to touch it. Just sit back and let the flower give something to you without reaching out to it---the flower will reach out to you. Without taking a pen to write about yourself, don't try so hard and let the pen write you---JUST LET GO--sometimes we try so hard to be happy, instead of just letting go and letting what's around us speak to us and take us where we need to go.
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This is a book that both young children and their parents can enjoy. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful, accompanying the poetry perfectly. The use of language to describe the sensations and spiritual experiences is both beautiful enough to make lovely poetry, and descriptive enough to engage young (and not so young) children. This book is a wonderful addition to any children's collection.
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