Around the World in Eighty Poems

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This diverse poetry collection takes readers on an imaginary journey from Greenland to Great Britain by way of Nicaragua, Kenya, Hungary and many other lands. Some poems are lighthearted, some are serious, and together they evoke a world that's both exotic and familiar. An Australian tree-lizard sings for rain, a Chilean mother rocks her baby to sleep, a boy monk dozes in a Korean temple, and Jamaican children clamor for after-school treats. With poems from more than 50 different countries and exquisite ...

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Overview

This diverse poetry collection takes readers on an imaginary journey from Greenland to Great Britain by way of Nicaragua, Kenya, Hungary and many other lands. Some poems are lighthearted, some are serious, and together they evoke a world that's both exotic and familiar. An Australian tree-lizard sings for rain, a Chilean mother rocks her baby to sleep, a boy monk dozes in a Korean temple, and Jamaican children clamor for after-school treats. With poems from more than 50 different countries and exquisite illustrations, Around the World in Eighty Poems invites children to share in the richness of cultures around the globe.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beginning in the Arctic Circle, traveling all the way to England and making pitstops in places like Nicaragua, Mozambique and the Czech Republic, readers make a poetic pilgrimage in (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr. 1-5-A rich collection, both lighthearted and serious, from over 50 different countries. Many are narrative poems that open up new vistas through imagery and language. Attractively designed, delicate folklike sketches in acrylic paints accompany each selection, capturing its essence, be it humor, pathos, memory, or tradition. A brief preface will help readers appreciate the range of poetry represented, with each selection intended to introduce a new experience and a different culture. A simple, colorful map locates the places where the selections originate. Although aspects of some of the poems may be specific to the countries or cultures from which they come, there is a universality to the collection, emphasizing the commonality of our world.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811835060
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Berry grew up in a tiny village on the coast of Jamaica. He currently lives in Great Britain.

Katherine Lucas studied illustration at the University of Brighton. She recently won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. She lives with her husband in England.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Map of the World 10
Arctic Circle
Glorious It Is 12
Ayii, Ayii, Ayii 14
Spell for Catching a Bearded Seal 14
Canada
Ice 15
The Six-Quart Basket 16
USA
Could I Say I Touched You 16
Sundown at Darlington 1878 17
Fifth Grade Autobiography 18
Autobiographia Literaria 19
Trips 20
I, Too, Sing America 21
Jamaica
Pinda Cake 22
Jamaican Song 24
St. Lucia
Mango 25
Guyana
Realarro 26
Snow-cone 27
Sea Timeless Song 28
Suriname
One Tree 29
Nicaragua
Sonatina 30
Chile
Rocking 31
Argentina
The Ombu 32
Mexico
Solidarity 33
New Zealand
Flying Fox 34
Australia
Jarrangulli 35
Night Herons 36
Ringneck Parrots 38
Papua New Guinea
Sun and Shade 39
Thailand
On My Short-Sightedness 40
China
By Chance I Walk ... 41
Isn't It ... 41
Korea
The Ferryboat and the Traveler 42
An Old Temple 43
Japan
Voice and Wings 43
Secret 44
Russia
A Kiss on the Head 45
Bicycles 46
Finland
The Stars 47
India
Love and Music 47
Paper Boats 48
Holding On 49
Pakistan
Touching 50
Iran
Morning Song 51
Lebanon
The Bridge 52
With Their Fingers 52
Israel
When I was a Child 53
Egypt
Poem to the Sun 54
East Africa
from Poem to Her Daughter 55
Kenya
Footpath 56
Mozambique
The Wheel Around the World 58
South Africa
Lucky Lion! 59
The New Law 59
Nigeria
Python 60
Ghana
Mawu of the Waters 61
Liberia
An Elder's Prayer 61
Senegal
My House 62
Spain
Seashell 63
France
The Dunce 64
The Prayer of the Little Ducks 65
Italy
The Town Factory 66
Greece
Peace 68
Turkey
Morning Song 69
Romania
Playing Icarus 70
Poland
Lizzie 71
Hungary
Comet Watchers 72
Czech Republic
The Door 74
Germany
Traveling in a Comfortable Car 76
The Scarecrow 77
Estonia
Chant for a Child Who Is Hurt 78
Finland
The Pan and the Potatoes 78
Sweden
Nightmare 80
Norway
Rain 81
Scotland
A Boy's Song 82
Two Carla Johnsons 84
Ireland
All the Dogs 85
What a View 86
Wales
In the Barn 88
England
Busy Day 90
Dear Mum 92
Going Out with Mum 93
I Am the Song 94
Index 95
Acknowledgments 96
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