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Poetry-writing Kate Bloomfield, star of Kate and Look Through My Window , returns to share--in both poetry and prose--her views on love, life and other adolescent experiences. Ages 9-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-9-- A funny and poignant collection of poems, observations, and vignettes about life, friendship, family, identity, and love, as if from the journal of Kate, a young teenager who also springs to life in two other books by Little. It's a difficult task to evoke an adolescent's voice without writing painfully (for readers) like one. Fortunately, whenever the style is in danger of becoming too polished, an ingenuous phrase saves it; and whenever it leans too much to the adult perspective, a poem straight from eighth grade brings readers right back to the perceptions and feelings of a teenager, complete with old-hat ideas and platitudes written with the gusto of first-time discovery. Sometimes a deft touch of adult perspective adds needed insight to the anecdotes which, if left too authentic, would be muddied by emotional proximity. The situations ring true: Kate's confusion on becoming her mother's confidante, of not wanting to fight with her best friend but knowing it is too late to turn back, or the compassion felt for a dead woman, never lovable in life, who showed one secret moment of gentleness. Kate's observations make the people around her come alive. Young readers will be surprised that they are not on their own emotional desert island, and aspiring writers will be encouraged by Kate's example of journal keeping. The whimsical cartoon illustrations convey expressions and emotions cleverly in scratchy ink lines and washes. The format and illustrations might make the book appear to be for a slightly younger audience than intended, but booktalking should solve that problem. Young writers, looking for inspiration, will find Kate more immediately accessible than Julia Redfern, and fans of Constance Greene and Lois Lowry will gobble this up. --Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, Md.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Harper Trophy Book
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006440384X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064403849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I had been meaning to read this book for quite awhile, but never quite got around to it until today. This book is a quick read. (I think it only took me about 45 minutes to read from cover to cover. However, I didn't take time to ponder most of the illustrations.)
Kate is a great character. Strangely enough, the title poem "Hey World, here I am" is probably the one I liked the least in the whole book. I haven't read any of the other books that include Kate, but this book does stand alone. With this book, the reader gets an insight into Kate that is refreshing.
Rather than using long journal entries, Kate relates little things in her world through poems and through short stories. Some of these things are quite moving, such as the time that Kate's mother yells at her to clean her room. Later, Kate's mother comes back to apologize, saying she had a bad day at work, etc, and that she didn't mean to snap like that. Kate's observation on the situation is that she could deal with being snapped at, but having to deal with her mother's sadness was something much harder. Other observations are more joyful, such as the hope for spring (in February in Canada!) or being happy to have a best friend like her friend Emily.
I think this is a wonderful book. Don't let it's shortness put you off. Not every book is meant to be 300 pages.
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Format: Paperback
I was about eight years old when my mom first brought this book home for me. I was so thrilled because I shared the name of the character in the book, Kate. I absolutely devoured the book, enjoying it more for the humor Jean Little displays impeccably in her writing, and the utter appropriateness of Sue Truedell's wonderful illustrations. Later, when I was a teenager, I went back and read the poems again because they seemed to describe the utter tumult and solitude that I felt during such a trying time. Poems like "Today," "Alone," and "Yesterday" capture perfectly feelings and emotions that nobody ever thinks to capture, yet Ms. Little does it in such a fabulous way that one instantly understands just what kind of mood she is describing. Now that I am a young woman, near to having a family of my own, I treasure my battered old copy of this book, nearly worn to pieces from repeated readings. Even today I can still find wisdom in every poem and piece of prose. The writer, Jean Little, is blind; I can only say it has sharpened her other senses and her intuition of basic human emotion powerfully. Bravo!
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Read this when I was a kid and thought I'd never find it again. It's a strange combination of fiction, poetry, and essays, from the perspective of a middle schooler. A bit old-fashioned in some ways, but many of the ideas it expresses transcend time.
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Format: Paperback
Kate Bloomfield, a Canadian teenage girl, records her thoughts and feelings through a series of poems and vignettes. The very first page quickly sets the tone of Kate's story - she announces her arrival to the World, but when she gets no response, her Self celebrates with somersaults. The World had its chance, but now it's Kate's turn! Simple stories, like not being able to eat parsnips or being proud to be Canadian, are mixed with longer portraits of Kate, her friends and family. Kate struggles with becoming a teenager and learning more about her parents and neighbors. The reader gets an intimate portrait of Kate and may discover a kindred spirit.

Kate has already appeared in two book, Kate and Look Through My Window, but Hey World, Here I Am! certainly stands on its own. Little's writing style capture the teenage voice perfectly, without any of the angst or drama found in so many other books with a teen protagonist. Kate is caught between a world where she is old enough to have experience and reflect on her opinions, but still new to the world of adults. Truesdell's illustrations, wobbly black and white drawings, are both silly and sentimental. The drawings interact with the poems, somersaulting around the words. Not only will younger readers find a companion in Kate, they will be introduced to poetry and the short story format.
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"Hey World, Here I Am!" is truly one of the best books I have ever read. It contains so much energy,fun, and life. A book that all people must read(no matter who you are!). The illustrations are great as well. Hey people out there, READ THIS!!!!!! I am 9 by the way.
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Format: Paperback
I discovered this little book while gathering material for my Grades 5/6 poetry unit. Jean Little captures large truths in small poems. Many students, girls particularly, found themselves in several of the selections. One small poem about War has become my introduction for my Remembrance Day unit this year.
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This is a great book but if you're going to buy it off of Amazon invest in the library binding version. I ordered the paperback from Amazon and I must say I'm more than disappointed with the quality of it. It feels flimsy, the pages are extremely thin, and the name on the spine wasn't printed right. Besides misprinting this book is something I would definitely recommend!
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My daughter read this book several times in a row, so I had to read it, too. It's a mixture of poems and stories that create the charachter Kate Bloomfield, a very real and compelling girl. She comments on her life, about things like her best friend's baby sister, being Jewish, and turning cartwheels. It sounds corny, but the book is as touching as it is very funny.
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