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Poems Have Roots Hardcover – September 1, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-8. A collection of 17 new offerings by the prolific and well-known poet. "The sun's going down/with a great hurrah" begins the first. "A spectacular fray" with no admission "in the theater of the sky!" Succeeding selections look at the sea, snow, a waterfall, birds, frogs, trees, etc. There's nothing unusual here except for skill and craft?minute observations pithily recorded. Humor surfaces in "The Automated Bird Watcher," where an operator says, "Press one" to see the nest, "two" to see the eggs. There's a triumphant note in the six brief stanzas of "The Tree in the Tub." The little fir once wore "winking lights" and gathered "boxes of/surprises/around itself." But now, unlike its cut-down counterparts, it stands, "piney and green and/alive." A deceptively short poem about Queen Anne's Lace suggests a whole history: the "Pilgrim Flower" stands patient and tall, as if waiting to bow to a "phantom queen." Not every effort is equally successful. The lengthy "A River Doesn't Have to Die" is too prosaic, a shade didactic. Nor do the author's notes at the end, detailing the origins of some of the poems, add enjoyment, though they might prove useful in a writing class. Hills's simple sketches and shadow prints catch the spirit of the work. Indeed, the small size and unassuming tone of this volume are part of its understated appeal.?Ellen D. Warwick, Winchester Public Library, MA
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Moore (Sunflakes, 1992, etc.) produces a new, small volume of poems that fits nicely in the hand. Each poem--none longer that three pages and most only two--is, like the title, a reflection on nature. Some mourn, and some rejoice, but all share the response to what Moore sees before her: a frozen waterfall, a full moon, a thunderstorm. Environmental messages are occasionally heavy-handed (``Unpoison the sea!'' and ``Where are the frogs?''), and the use of exclamation points makes for unnecessary clunks most of the time. ``The Automated Bird Watcher'' is hilarious (``Press One/To see the clutch of/eggs she laid''); ``Pilgrim Flower'' reminds readers, exquisitely, that the pilgrims brought the wildflower Queen Anne's Lace to these shores. (two-color illustrations, not seen) (Poetry. 6-11) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689800290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689800290
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book sings! It is one of the best collections of poems I've come across for my seven year old. When I read this to her at night she doesn't want it to end (this is one of the first times I've been successful at reading poetry to her). I would recommend this book for all ages but the subject nature-based matter is particularly appropriate for young children. Not trite but accessible - "The sun's going down with a great hurrah, a gold ball sinking, staining the sky."
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