Come and Play: Children of Our World Having Fun

Come and Play: Children of Our World Having Fun

by Ayana Lowe, Julie Collins
     
 

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Come and Play features 32 photographs of children from everywhere! China, Japan, Greece, Wales, Morocco, Oman, Texas, New York, and many more. Each photo is beautiful, thought provoking, and accompanied by lines of children's poetry that will amuse young readers, and cause adult readers to reflect and laugh as they see the images through children's eyes. The

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Come and Play features 32 photographs of children from everywhere! China, Japan, Greece, Wales, Morocco, Oman, Texas, New York, and many more. Each photo is beautiful, thought provoking, and accompanied by lines of children's poetry that will amuse young readers, and cause adult readers to reflect and laugh as they see the images through children's eyes. The photographs span the last fifty years; while the children who wrote about them are a diverse group between the ages of 5 and 11.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
During 2006-07, students at Hunter College Elementary School in New York City wrote poetic responses to photographs of kids from around the world. These twenty-seven "riffs' delightfully capture the spirit of the photos, from the splash-silly exuberance of youngsters at a North Korean beach to the contemplative Alaskan grandfather and preschooler playing with string. The poems and photos (taken over the last fifty years by luminaries such as the French Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Italian Ferdinando Scianna and the British Ian Berry) work off one another so well that reading a poem calls for a careful look at the photo, which then enhances a second reading. All this, in turn, may inspire young readers to create their own poems and photos. The book's back matter includes such visual treasures as a location map for each image and group photos of young poets and adult photographers—all looking impish no matter their age. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal

K-Gr 5

This book presents simple descriptive poems written by New York City schoolchildren paired with a variety of impressive, often evocative historical and contemporary fine-art photographs done in black and white and color. Rita Dove, who was a poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, writes in the introduction, "I think all of us have moments,/particularly in our childhood,/where we come alive,/maybe for the first time." One young poet says, "Fun feels like happy./Swinging feels like/dangling from the ceiling." A photograph shows two children swinging on ropes in front of a large housing complex in a run-down neighborhood in Northern Ireland in 1978. Two Chilean children dangle upside down from fence posts opposite a poem that is entitled, "Fun Is a Motion." There's a sweet photograph of Pablo Picasso holding his son Claude at the beach. The brief poem declares, "Papa!/I want to kiss the water./Let me go." A couple of quibbles: the individual authorship of the children is not acknowledged; instead they are named in a group photograph. Also, the ages of the writers are not matched with the individual poems. The photographers are identified in an addendum, and a map reveals the locations of the photographs. This is a lovely browsing book, beautifully and spaciously designed, that should appeal to both children and adults.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
This album pairs 29 photographs drawn from the Magnum archives with free-verse reactions collected from (anonymous) children by the editor, a New York City teacher. The pictures capture young people in many parts of the world displaying a range of emotions and expressions as they engage in games and dances, hang out together or generally horse around in a variety of settings. Though most of the photos are in arty black and white, they all radiate a playful tone that even very young viewers will pick up. The accompanying comments are plainspoken and, usually, thoughtful: "Fun is a motion. / Something that you really like. / Trying to fly, you feel a tingling / sensation inside of you. / Yippee!" The buoyant tone is infectious, and the format invites children to contribute observations of their own. (map, photo notes, editor's note) (Picture book poetry. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902456
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.07(w) x 7.89(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

AYANA LOWE is the Cultural Arts teacher at Hunter College Elementary School in Manhattan. Lowe's curriculum focuses on the arts from around the world. She lives in New York, NY.

MAGNUM PHOTOS: In 1947, Magnum, today considered one of the world's most prestigious photographic agencies, was formed by four photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, all of whom were motivated both by a sense of relief that the world had survived the Second World War—and a curiosity to see where it would go from there.

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