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Keepers Hardcover – September 1, 1996
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A collection of poems about moments and objects that linger in children's memories. Rand's gloriously colorful paintings anchor the poems solidly in one moment in time-readers sit with a boy in a boat as he struggles to remove a fishhook ("I worked the metal from/his lip, and with my finger/stroked his head/and wished that I could slip/him overboard/but didn't dare"); walk into the woods "where little wispy things/in gown and hood/slide down the dark/and fold their wings"; and swing through the night sky on a silver trapeze. Some poems miss the mark-children may not wonder about real skeleton keys ("do they rattle around whenever they please/Is that why they call them skeleton keys?") or lament the loss of a father's gift ("and if I had a uke today/I don't suppose that I could/play the thing at all"), but most of the poems and paintings, like those in Charlotte Huck's Secret Places (Greenwillow, 1993), do speak to the experiences and imaginings of young people.
Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 6^-10. Unlike Schertle's How Now Brown Cow (1994), this poetry collection has no one theme--except perhaps the author's unique perspective that changes the ordinary into the extraordinary. In her poems, a skeleton key opens "a house with a tombstone door," and the ribs of a sunken galleon echo the sounds made by the bones of drowned mariners. Much of the poetry is thought provoking, requiring a more sophisticated audience. In the poem "Monopoly," for example, a girl on a hilltop contemplates a city spread out below her like a Monopoly board, with "little plastic folk asking how the game is scored." Although the picture-book format may chase older readers away, Rand does a fine job exploring the poetry visually. While his pictures are full of whimsical touches, they still seem natural and realistic. Susan Dove Lempke
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