- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547124937
- ISBN-13: 978-0547124933
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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“Everything’s a blast / When you do it really fast.” From playing jacks or hopscotch on the city sidewalk to jumping rope (“It’s the slap / slap / slap / of two jump ropes when they touch”), the sounds of the rhyming words are part of the fun in this picture-book poetry collection, and the broad, colorful, digitally colored spreads show kids in uproarious motion together, barreling down a hill and hanging upside down on the swings, and also absorbed in imaginative play, from hide-and-seek in the jungle to making the title’s discovery that a stick has multiple possibilities for games. Even the youngest children will recognize the hands-on enjoyment of “making soup” with mud, grass, stones, and more. After all the wild activity, the book’s climax is quiet: stargazing with Dad from a window before sleep. Fun for sharing and acting out many times over, at home and in playgroups. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman
"A real strength of the collection is its engagement of the imagination. . . . A thrilling integration of verse and image, motivating all to serious fun." --Kirkus , starred review
"From running through sprinklers to blowing bubbles to catching fireflies, this book has 18 short poems about active, imaginative play in summer weather. . . . An appealing book." --School Library Journal
"Fun for sharing and acting out many times over." --Booklist
"This could be effective in an April unit celebrating both spring and National Poetry Month, and it could also give kids some much needed memories of warmth and sunshine during the winter--or even provide them with the impetus to get off the couch and get outside." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Singer captures the inherent exultations of being young and carefree in the outdoors. . . .Well worth the exercise." --Kirkus Online
"Pham's grainy mixed-media scenes could take place anytime in the past 50 years, emphasizing the timeless (some might say lost) art of outdoor activity."--Publishers Weekly
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I would suggest looking elsewhere for children's poetry.