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Leap Into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Gr 3-6-In this companion to Fly with Poetry (Boyds Mills, 2000), Harley presents 26 poems about insects, each demonstrating a poetic form or literary term, in an alphabetical arrangement. "Iamb," "Jargon," "Karanamala," and "List Poem" indicate the variety of ideas she introduces, from broad to specific terms dealing with parts or the whole of a poem. Each term is defined in a single line across the bottom of the page, which won't always be enough to communicate the concept to readers, even with the poem as an example. For instance, the definition of an iamb may be difficult for some youngsters to understand without an illustration of the scansion. In Harley's example, the iambs mostly fall across the words that, taken on their own out of context of the line, are actually trochees-the opposite of iambs. For "Alliteration," the example uses the vowel "a" in an imprecise demonstration of the term, since her letter "a" makes different sounds throughout the poem. Harley finishes with a "Did You Know?" section about the insects, confusing the scope of the book. Too bad-her poems are fun, as are her colorful illustrations, and they may inspire kids to create poetry of their own. However, her explanations of terms are not adequate for young writers working independently. Direct them to more comprehensive sources for help, such as X. J. and Dorothy Kennedy's Knock at a Star (Little, Brown, 2001) or Paul Janeczko's How to Write Poetry (Scholastic, 2001).
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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A truly charming book that takes readers on an alphabetical trip. This gem is for grades 3 and up. -- Southern Pennsylvania School Library Book Reviewers, December, 2001
Harley plays with words and poetic forms. The playful, sophisticated use of poetry stimulates readers to do the same. -- Yellow Brick Road, November/December 2001
Harley's lively, charming poems dexterously explain what could have been esoteric terms in an easily understandable and vividly concrete fashion. -- QUILL & QUIRE, January, 2002
This is going to be a very popular book with language arts teachers. Bright, attractive illustrations accompany each poem. -- Assn. of Region XI School Librarians, Fort Worth, TX
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