Come with Me: Poems for a Journey


A journey can lead east and west, from north to south, up, down, over, under, in between, and next to.

A journey can last a minute, an hour, a year, a month, a lifetime.

A journey might be slow or fast or both. A journey might be shining. One journey could remind you of another one. Are you sliding? ...

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A journey can lead east and west, from north to south, up, down, over, under, in between, and next to.

A journey can last a minute, an hour, a year, a month, a lifetime.

A journey might be slow or fast or both. A journey might be shining. One journey could remind you of another one. Are you sliding? Stumbling? Floating?

Maybe it all depends on your point of view.

Where — and how — will these sixteen poems take you?

Winner 2000 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

A collection of poems, including "Secrets," "When You Come to a Corner," "Mad," and "Come With Me."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nye (editor of Salting the Ocean) challenges readers with a range of her own poems, linked thematically as an investigation of journeys to inner spaces as well as literal journeys to real and imagined places. In "Mad," a girl flies to the moon to escape her mother, but when it gets cold at night, slides down the silver thread her mother sends up because "She knows me so well./ She knows I like silver." An airplane pilot in "Full Day" says, "In one minute and fifty seconds/ we're going as far/ as the covered wagon went/ in a full day," and the poet further contrasts the experiences of modern travelers and pioneers. Yaccarino's (Circle Dogs) imaginative, abstracted mixed-media collages tend to distance the audience from the emotions or characters presented in the poems, but wisely leave readers free to interpret Nye's meanings for themselves. Both the poems and the illustrations vary widely in their accessibility. The title poem, for example, lauds the "quiet minute between two noisy minutes/ It's always waiting ready to welcome us/ Tucked under the wing of the day." The more abstruse "Envelope" begins, "The sky sends a letter to the ground." Chock-full of unexpected images, the poems are occasionally marred by cryptic or portentous metaphors (e.g., "Are you hooked to the slightest movement/ of a girl by the Arctic Sea?"). On balance, however, the journey through this volume is a rewarding one. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-The 16 free-verse, lyric poems here make a unique contribution to original poetry for children. Nye's voice is direct and natural, but magical in its sensibility, with an attention to the world and to itself that recalls the work of Emily Dickinson or William Stafford. And she has an ear for kids' voices, as in "Mad": "I got mad at my mother/so I flew to the moon./-My mother sent up a silver thread/for me to slide down on./She knows me so well./She knows I like silver." The poems are recognizably similar to her adult work, but focus on the child's view, quavering between uncertainty and conviction, awe and courage. Yaccarino's mixed-media collages set a strong mood without overpowering the poems. Suggestive wide brushstrokes or stencils on wood or corrugated paper in a deep, warm palette give a sense of movement that the poems' layouts shadow. Each line exerts a pull like gravity-whether it's about shoes, seasons, letters, or laws of physics. This is a truly fine collection.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of 16 poems, in picture-book format, by the well-respected poet and anthologist examines the journey in its broadest form—the outward, the inner, the metaphorical, as well as journeys in time and space. The poems vary in their accessibility and the addition of one of Nye's memorable Forwards might have brought clarity to a group of poems that are intrinsically elusive (The Space Between Our Footsteps, 1998, etc.). Many are abstract and mysterious, full of subtle, teasing ideas to turn over in the mind. Pondering and reflecting are invited and required. One of the most accessible and successful is "Mad," which fixes on the universal tension in the mother-daughter relationship, beginning: "I got mad at my mother / so I flew to the moon," and ends "My mother sent up a silver thread / for me to slide down on. / She knows me so well. / She knows I like silver." Although the poems are somewhat somber in tone, they are filled with a calm strength and a quiet sense of wonder when read aloud. Reading aloud also underscores the ineluctability of each perfectly chosen word. The small detail of page numbers placed on small torn pieces of map and the art's strong linearity are appropriate to the journey theme. However, the collage and mixed-media illustrations fail to extend the text and threaten to overwhelm the delicate mood set by the quiet words and insinuated ideas. The saturated palette, strong line showing hasty brush strokes and the bold composition seem at odds with the poet's rather pensive intent. But when Nye issues an invitation, "Come with me / To the quiet between two noisy minutes . . ." it is always worth thetrip.(Nonfiction/Poetry. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688159467
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 982,059
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Dan Yaccarino is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His large-scale paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across New York City, Tokyo, and Rome. Mr. Yaccarino has written several books of his own and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including I Met a Bear and So Big!. His television show Oswald the Octopus airs on Nick Jr. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Michael Dante, in New York City.

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I watch how other things travel
to get an idea how I might move.
A cloud sweeps by silently,
gathering other clouds.
A doodlebug curls in his effort to get there.
A horse snorts before stepping forward.
A caterpillar inches across the kitchen floor.
When I carry him outside on a leaf,
I imagine someone doing that to me.
Would I scream?

In the heart of the day
nothing moves.
No one is going anywhere
or coming back.
The blue grass on the table
lets light pass through.
Sometimes shines
but nothing moves.
I watch that too.

Come with Me. Copyright © by Naomi Nye. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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