Baseball, Snakes and Summer Squash: Poems about Growing Up

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This unsentimental and ambitious collection of poems by Donald Graves chronicles the American childhood of a boy as he moves with his family to a house in the country, and the changes the boy experiences in that year. From formidable lessons learned from a bully, and facing parents after breaking curfew with his brother, to math woes and misadventures with his independent Scottish terrier, Rags, the poet's convincing voice gives the reader a generous, spirited perspective of growing up. Black-and-white ...
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Overview


This unsentimental and ambitious collection of poems by Donald Graves chronicles the American childhood of a boy as he moves with his family to a house in the country, and the changes the boy experiences in that year. From formidable lessons learned from a bully, and facing parents after breaking curfew with his brother, to math woes and misadventures with his independent Scottish terrier, Rags, the poet's convincing voice gives the reader a generous, spirited perspective of growing up. Black-and-white illustrations add an appealing visual element to this coming-of-age collection.

The author takes an unsentimental look at his childhood in this collection of poems for young people.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This collection of poems chronicles the American childhood of a boy as he moves with his family to a house in the country. Based on the author's childhood and adolescence, these inspirational poems perfectly capture the trials, adventures, joys, and struggles of growing up. Some of the topics the author addresses include: interacting with a bully, facing parents after breaking a curfew, having problems in school, and embarking on adventures with a favorite pet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563975707
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 200,039
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Graves has been a teacher for forty years and has written a dozen books on writing for teachers and parents. This is his first book of poetry. He lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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