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BookSpeak!: Poems About Books Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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Describe your desires and they become mine.
I'm a treasure box where feelings can shine.
All thinkers need pages where dreams can take flight.
Your secrets, one entry per night.
In an acrostic, the first letter of each line in this poem reveals that the top secret book is a D-I-A-R-Y. Children will not only learn about books, but also can learn about the different kinds of poetry. The poems are whimsical, charming, instructional, and just plain old fun. The delightful mixed media artwork swirls through the book as it meshes perfectly with each poem. This is a book about poems with poems about books ... how good can that get? This is one book that definitely should be added to your shelves!
Line after line of inky black birds
Forming the flocks that shift into words. ...
BOOKSPEAK will give young readers new insights into a familiar object, and perhaps inspire them to come up with their own poems, too. Josée Bisaillon's illustrations are varied and lively.
Each page holds another bookish voice, introducing some aspect of one of our most favorite things--books! I just want to tell about each poem! There are books that tell certain uncomfortable things that happen to them, like when someone falls asleep on them, or the worst, when "wet" happens. There are those that speak of unhappiness, like being the book's middle, instead of first or last. Laura's words show well that she really has crawled INSIDE books in order to speak for them.
Illustrator Josée Bisaillon uses collage and drawings that add to Laura's words, connecting well the beauty and excitement that books can bring to the reader. The book recently won the award for Children's Literature from the Annual Minnesota Book Awards.
BOOKSPEAK by Laura Purdie Salas is a book about reading. Some poems- Calling All Readers, The Sky is Falling, Hydrophobiac, Vacation Time, On the Shelf and Under the Bed captures the joys of reading, owning, and caring (or not caring) for books.
Several of the poems, I've Got This Covered, A Character Pleads for His Life, Picture This, I'm Conflicted, and The Middle's Lament: A Poem for Three Voices and The End will be terrific to use in the fiction unit I am currently completing with my fourth graders. And then there's Index to share when we are working on nonfiction. (Do anyone else's students have trouble remembering the difference between an index and a table of contents?). Several other poems- Paper Sky, Written in Snow, and Skywriting- simply create beautiful images around books and words:
The illustrations, by Canadian Josee Bisaillon, are a combination of paint (I think), cut paper, and collage, mostly done in shades of orange, blue, golds, greens. Hard to describe, but gorgeous!
The End is one of my favorites, because it so captures me as a reader:
checking pages numbers
and calculating their distance.
sprint skip skim
the reader's race
to cross me--
the book's finish line.
smile, cry, sigh
flip to chapter one
and start again.
I am not so much
as I am an
to the beginning.
- Laura Purdie Salas
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I love this book of poems about books. I will begin using this book on the first day of school. You can use the poems as hooks for lessons about books. Love it.Published 21 days ago by Lisa
Great book for teaching parts of the book in a fun and innovative way!! Love poetry!!Published 13 months ago by Debbie Shafer
They sent me the WRONG book and also there was no return receipt. What a hassle to try to solve!Published on April 2, 2014 by Yellow5
One of the most delightful & creative books I've seen! I especially enjoyed the poems written from a clever "point of view" and the artful play with words in both poetry &... Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by GJR
This is a must have book when teaching poetry. It will be a treasure that I use every year! My 4th grade class enjoyed the variety, yet the connected theme fit right into our... Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Melanie McClaughry
This book is great for reinforcing lessons about parts of books and getting to teach part of poems. I love when I am able to get as much into a lesson as possible.Published on April 29, 2013 by Dani B.
This book of poems have made laugh! It has also help students think about books. A must read for everyone who loves books!Published on February 17, 2013 by Gladys Landing
I had heard many good things about "BookSpeak!" and looked for it at my library. Unfortunately, it does not yet have a copy. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Janelle
Laura Purdie Salas's clever and rhythmic poems are a wonderful tribute to books, words, and stories. And Josee Bisaillon's illustrations are gorgeous. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Linda Ashman