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Splash: Poems About Water Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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From juicy grass to waves of spit and anger to teardrops to winter "sky-pickles," award-winning poet Constance Levy splashes around in all water's many forms. Thirty-four poems celebrate snowdrops, soap bubbles, fog, and glaciers, in a way that will encourage young readers to view the regular old world through new lenses:
I love you,David Soman's shades-of-blue-gray illustrations (in watercolor, of course) more often evoke than depict, inspiring still more flights of fancy in the reader. Levy's childlike joy in water--whether it be a still pool, scampering ocean waves, or "tasty snowflakes"-is contagious. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
fuzzy foggy air,
so dewy wet
because without you
who would know
what walking in a cloud
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-6-A collection of 34 poems about water in all its many forms. Many of the selections are descriptive, such as "Ocean Rhythms," using and repeating simple words to great effect: "Wave after wave, each wave a beat each beat repeating each stretch receding. This is Earth's old wild heart beating." Others are personifications of things like icebergs or bathwater, while still others speak directly to-or in praise of-water's many appearances and uses. In "Tasty Snowflakes," the praise is ebullient and direct; in "Fog" the tone is as soft as the subject. The variety of voices, all a mixture of praise, delight, and celebration, makes this a first choice for all collections. Jane Yolen's Water Music (Boyds Mills, 1995), with photographs by Jason Stemple, is visually beautiful and also addresses water in all its forms, although without the variety of voices and moods that Levy's collection contains. Soman's two-color watercolors are perfectly suited to the individual selections. In classrooms, at home, in library programs, these poems can be recited-and enjoyed-again and again.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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Thorougly enjoyable, and it's both fun and educational for my children.