Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems

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An invigorating celebration of the seasons and poems that take shape

The twist of spring rain. The arc of summer waves. The roundness of fall pumpkins. The curve of winter snow-covered hills. These are just a few of the many shapes found among the four seasons.

So come celebrate the year in this spirited rhyming collection of concrete poems-poems shaped by their subjects that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page. From spring through winter ...

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Overview

An invigorating celebration of the seasons and poems that take shape

The twist of spring rain. The arc of summer waves. The roundness of fall pumpkins. The curve of winter snow-covered hills. These are just a few of the many shapes found among the four seasons.

So come celebrate the year in this spirited rhyming collection of concrete poems-poems shaped by their subjects that wind, bump, and wiggle across each page. From spring through winter and back again, here's an exuberant excursion that takes delight in the special details of a child's world.

 Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Poems that celebrate favorite things from different seasons of the year, each shaped like the subject at hand.

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"Text and pictures blend seamlessly on this outstanding offering. . . . A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi's most inventive work yet."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"For new readers, this is an excellent introduction to concrete poetry, while the physical patterns of the poems will help younger children connect the sounds they hear with the word shapes they see. And the gift of that pre-reading skill is a party favor to cherish."—Horn Book

"Throughout, Roemer maintains an ear for delicious sounds and rolling rhythms that beg to be read, or sung, aloud, and children will delight in the poems' clever, whimsical shapes, which are reinforced by Takahashi's cheery, elemental artwork."—Booklist

"If you are going to ask your kids to write these poems, I can't think of a better launching pad than 'Come to My Party'."—Long Beach Press Telegram

"A clever concept, splendidly realized."—Orlando Sentinel

"Rarely has the collaboration between writer and artist been more evident than in this celebration of the four seasons, with elegant verses by poet Heidi Roemer fashioned into sinewy lines of type that cleverly suggest the objects being discussed, and the actions taking place."—Pittsburgh Tribune

Publishers Weekly
Poetry in Motion A pair of picture books pays rhyming tribute to shapes and patriotism. Readers can enjoy concrete poems organized by season in Come to My Party: And Other Shape Poems by Heidi Roemer, illus. by Hideko Takahashi. For the springtime poem "In the Nest," each line of text forms the hungry "V" of a baby bird's beak, and in the summery "Watermelon" the first verse forms a red semicircle (with the repeated black letter "i" for seeds), wrapped within the green "rind" of the second verse. Doughy children and animals populate the cheerful full-bleed acrylic illustrations. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Come to My Party" is one invitation you will want to accept. These thirty-eight seasonal concrete poems are visually stimulating. The words to the poem, "In the Nest," form the baby birds' beaks. The Fourth of July parade is led by a young man who is carrying a flag composed of the words of a poem. In "Wheeee!" the teeter-totter board is the poem, "Mother taught her little daughter how to tip the teeter-totter." The winter section includes both a Christmas tree poem and a menorah poem. There are wonderful, accessible examples of shape poems for children to enjoy and perhaps will encourage them to create their own, especially when they see the multicultural children on the cover and throughout the book. The illustrations provide just the right amount of background for each poem to help primary grade children "picture the poem." Just as a party makes one feel exuberant, so, too, does this collection. 2004, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 5 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A poetic celebration of seasonal fun. Most of the selections are no more than one or two lines, while the longest verses are four lines. All of them are simple, with rhyming that's both easy to anticipate and to remember. The many instances of repetition ("hoe, hoe, hoe" with "row, row, row") and lots of sound words ("rumple, diddle, dumpling," "splashy, splashy," "hippety, clippety clap") make these poems enjoyable to hear and say. To add to the fun, words and lines are used to form clever and sometimes unexpected shapes and images, such as birds' beaks, a kite's string, or the ocean's waves. The poems feature kids playing in the sand, sledding in the snow, or chasing autumn leaves. The palette is filled with bright, jazzy colors both in the illustrations and in the fonts used with shaped words. Like Brad Burg's Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play (Putnam, 2002) and Paul B. Janeczko's A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), this collection will enchant young audiences and help them look at their worlds in a new light.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Text and pictures blend seamlessly in this outstanding offering-no mean feat, as Roemer's rhymes are all shaped to evoke seasonal sights: the V's of nestlings' open beaks and skeins of migrating geese, the fall of raindrops, the twist of a garden hose, the paths of "Dancing Leaves" in autumn. Read aloud, the verses irresistibly invite audience participation-"I take my little rake and my hoe, hoe, hoe; / And break up clods of dirt in each row, row, row"-but lend themselves to silent appreciation too, as color changes, type sizes, and artful placement work together to make them easily legible, even to less-practiced readers. Takahashi folds the shaped lines into her simple, richly hued outdoor scenes with seeming effortlessness, letting words not only rest within the compositions, but become elements of them, as Christmas tree branches, menorah candles, an owl's crest, dandelion fluff. She also adds visual surprises and stories of her own, from a child's face that dramatically transforms into a snowman's across the gutter to a teeter-tottering mother and daughter with different skin tones. A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi's most inventive work yet. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805066203
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.18 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

HEIDI B. ROEMER has long been intrigued by shape poems. Her poetry has been published in anthologies, educational journals, and numerous children's magazines. Ms. Roemer conducts poetry workshops for adults and children. She lives in Orland Park, Illinois, with her husband and two sons.

HIDEKO TAKAHASHI is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including In My New Yellow Shirt and Good Night, God Bless, which Booklist praised for its "strong, simple shapes." A native of Japan, Ms. Takahashi now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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