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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From Kirkus Reviews
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.