- Paperback: 62 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492841943
- ISBN-13: 978-1492841944
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreams of the Turtle King: Poems Inspired by South Florida Beaches Paperback – December 1, 2013
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"Life goes round and round on the beach. Its serenity is sublime and contemplative, 'coming last, I see them all.' Bossarte's inspirational words, along with the colorful illustrations by Texas artist, Nancy Standlee, provide the reader (old and young) with a relaxing and insightful tour of the beach. Beautiful poetry and illustrations. Well done." - Readers' Favorite
"People, animals, things and thoughts - Bossarte has found all these and more and turned them into poetry. And Standlee's beautiful watercolors make the images even more vivid. A perfect book for gift-giving." - Mensa Bulletin
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This little book is a perfect gift for anyone who loves sandy beaches and watching humanity interact with nature.
(PS. I would not have purchased this book if I had not known the illustrator, but I do know Nancy and I did buy it and I am very glad! I will be ordering more to give as gifts to my beach loving friends. Everything I said about "Dreams of the Turtle King" is true and sincere. I gave it five stars because of the happy memories the poems and illustrations brought to mind. I actually enjoyed reading it and I am not a poetry fan.)
Michael, Houston Tx
In addition to the poetry, pleasant without accompaniment, the illustrations are a delight.
All in all, it's a nice read and a non-confrontational conversation starter.
A few word images are striking, or confusing. "A man, staggering,/ pushes a shopping cart/ with a woman upside-down,/ laughing, inside." I can't quite picture that BELIEVABLY! How can a woman be "upside-down" in a shopping cart? Well, just trying to imagine that got be a laugh and a moment of joy.
In free verse, sometimes we wonder WHY the poets break lines where they do. Of course, between phrases is understandable. But there has to be more reason than just "it's time to." For instance, we have these two lines: "The seashells cover the/ beach this morning." Why break between "the" and "beach"?
Overall, I had a relaxing and enjoyable time with this book of quiet poems and meditative artwork. Both poet and illustration did a very good job.
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of all, I think my favorite
is ‘Crowd of Footprints.’
with watercolor paintings,
they spell serenity.