Dear World

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A child's world is full of beauty. Each day offers new discoveries to celebrate. Just in time for National Poetry Month, this luminous compilation of poems gives readers a look at the world through a child's eye. Each poem takes the form of a child's letter to the Earth and all its creatures and is accompanied by exquisite cut-paper collages. This breathtaking collection celebrates our world and inspires us to observe every detail with imagination and delight.

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Overview

A child's world is full of beauty. Each day offers new discoveries to celebrate. Just in time for National Poetry Month, this luminous compilation of poems gives readers a look at the world through a child's eye. Each poem takes the form of a child's letter to the Earth and all its creatures and is accompanied by exquisite cut-paper collages. This breathtaking collection celebrates our world and inspires us to observe every detail with imagination and delight.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Intricate, multidimensional cut-paper collages outshine disingenuously childlike poems in this picture book debut. Each poem addresses its subject directly, in the second person; for example, "Dear Fish" includes the lines "you are/ red/ I am/ red/ everything is/ red/ in the sunset/ it is magic/ I wish you a magical swim." The sophisticated riffs on the color red in the accompanying illustration-a sunset view of a canal or river lined with small houses-stand in contrast to the flatness of the text's repetition. Like the other collages, it is full of texture, shadows and complicated designs. Colors are subtly shaded, images overlap and some appear to float within separate picture planes. Yet, whether the illustrations depict angry thunder and lightning or the sadness of a child lamenting a lost turtle, the art looks uniformly cheerful. Birds perch on clouds, golden-haired angels fly amid falling snow ("Dear Snow/ I see you/ spinning and dancing/ just like angels in white/ I know/ you want me to make/ a tall fat snowman") and heart-shaped trees flutter under a heart-shaped moon (in "Dear Valentines," the narrator has eaten a box of heart-shaped chocolates "by mistake" just before bedtime). The twinkling eyes, hearts, flowers and happy rainbows suggest an overly simplistic world. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book is a collection of Takayo Noda's art and poetry. Her artwork, intricate collages constructed from paper, is bursting with color. The fourteen poems enclosed all start out with the word "dear," giving the impression that each poem is a letter dedicated to something beloved, be it is the stars above or the fish that reside in the ocean below. On the book jacket Noda states that her art is based on childhood images she holds dear and this definitely comes across when one looks at her work. Consequently her art is very accessible. It is whimsical and populated by cartoon-like birds and insects that a child would appreciate. The poems involve childhood activities such as building tree houses or snowmen. Noda's art and language make a great pair, and the result is a book that is beautiful to look at and fun to read, an expression of appreciation for the world we live in. 2003, Dial Books for Young Readers,
— Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In a series of short poems, this book exudes a sense of joy and wonder in the world around us. In a child's voice, the lyrical verses praise, question, and hope for many things. Each selection begins with a salutation as a note or a letter, as in the wish for an old car without wheels: "dear car- you will not need wheels/if you have wings/I wish you wings/in your dream tonight." The verses do not always follow the path that readers might expect (the poem to the trees asks them to choose their favorite of the youngster's five tree-house designs), yet they are perfect in the way they capture the creative and whimsical ruminations of a child. The warmth and love shine through not only the text, but in the illustrations as well. In bright and colorful cut-paper and watercolor collages, each scene comes to life. Small, square houses with triangle roofs; chunky trees with big, individual leaves; hearts; stars; and flowers repeat throughout, establishing this world as comfortable and familiar. The design makes the volume a good choice for both individual reading and sharing. The left-hand quarter of each spread features one poem against a white background, leaving the remaining three-quarters filled with the corresponding art. There are no rough edges or jarring notes in this marvelous offering.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Using brilliant, subtly modulated colors and expressively shaped pieces of handmade paper, Noda creates a world of deceptive simplicity in neat collages of stylized houses, orchards, and gardens, of seasonal changes, of glowing arrays of stars, birds, fish, and flowers. Each harmonious scene is accompanied by free-verse commentary in which the voice-if not always the sensibility or imagery-is childlike: "once I heard an opera singer / singing / she was so colorful / so beautiful / she was trilling / on very high notes / as if she were / a bird in the forest . . . " The artist combines and recombines familiar elements in startling, magical ways: in "Dear Ocean," she envisions a line of houses whose open doors offer safety to small fish; "Dear Car" is an invitation to a worn-out automobile to dream of having wings; and in her own dreams, flowers, trees, and the sun itself turn heart-shaped after she eats an entire box of valentine chocolates "by mistake." This sweetly lyrical children's debut, with its deeply engaging visual and thematic currents, is bound to linger with readers and pre-readers alike. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142402801
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 601,311
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Takayo Noda is an internationally exhibited fine artist.

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