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BookSpeak!: Poems About Books Hardcover – Picture Book, October 25, 2011
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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.
I am a huge fan of books and poetry, which makes "BookSpeak!" a perfect book for me! (My children love it, also.) By the time I finished reading through the book the first time, I was grinning from ear to ear. Author Laura Purdie Salas shares her own joy of books through her clever, delightful poems -- and her words are complemented nicely by Josee Bisaillon's whimsical illustrations.
I love this book so much, I am planning to purchase another copy to give to my son's first grade teacher this Christmas. I think it would make a great addition to any classroom!