- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452111243
- ISBN-13: 978-1452111247
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Elaine Magliaro is now retired from teaching and writes poetry for children and serves as a member of the NCTE Poetry Committee. She lives in Massachusetts.
Catia Chien was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Today, she is happily working as a children's book artist from her art studio in New York, with a view of the East River and an old pencil factory.
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Magliaro’s poetry is exceptional. On the very first page, readers are drawn into viewing the world through her lens that looks at small things, captures them and then moves on to the next. Each poem is separate but linked, creating an entire universe of things to do and things to see. The poetry is sometimes rhymed, sometimes not, often ending in a rhyming couplet. It is the rhythm that ties it together, moving forward, lingering and then onward.
Chien’s illustrations are soft and ethereal. She creates dawn light then bright sun and finally a huge moon that fills the pages. Each time of day is unique and special, given space on the page to shine. There is a rough softness to the images, landscapes that blur rain that shimmers.
A top-notch poetic read for children, this book celebrates small moments made large. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
The illustrations are beautiful. They're quiet, but invoke so much emotion - from the pitter pat of a rainy day to lovely fall colors with crisp, colorful leaves, and a moonlit night.
Each page has verse that tells you what you might do if you were a different object: boots, the moon, the sky, a spider... It's very rhythmic and wonderfully descriptive.
This one is a little more appropriate for your daytime reading than for a bedtime book, but expect your child to want to read it again and again.
*Review Copy provided by Publisher
The expressive, wispy, textured illustrations are the perfect complement to these poems, with colors that are sometimes startlingly bright and other times suitably muted and contemplative. The vivid colors portrayed with the bird and sun poems and the melancholy palette of the rain spread were standouts for me, although all were truly memorable. Beautiful poetry and amazing colors make this book an enthusiastic recommend.
*This book provided by the publisher for review purposes.
Things to do if you are a HONEYBEE
Flit among flowers.
Sip nectar for hours.
Be yellow and fuzzy.
Ha! This poetry is fresh and lively, and I just love it! Great to pair with IF YOU WERE THE MOON, which is my new picture book that is a Things to Do poem all about the moon (with prose STEM sidebars). I first learned this form on Elaine's blog years ago. Delighted that we both have books featuring this form coming out at the same time:>)
(Reviewed a library copy of the book while waiting on review copy from publisher. Couldn't wait any longer!)
The book ends with "Things to do if you are the MOON." Well of course, "Dazzle the Night!"
Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.