Earth Magic

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Inspired by her childhood in Trinidad, acclaimed poet and writer Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in her first book of poetry for children. The sounds and smells of market day, the blazing sun, the joyful beat of much-awaited rain and a girl who dares to do better. These are just some of the stories and characters brought into focus in this captivating collection of poems. Originally published in 1979, these poems are an eloquent, unsparing tribute to the lives of the Caribbean people and the ...
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Overview

Inspired by her childhood in Trinidad, acclaimed poet and writer Dionne Brand conjures the world of the Caribbean in her first book of poetry for children. The sounds and smells of market day, the blazing sun, the joyful beat of much-awaited rain and a girl who dares to do better. These are just some of the stories and characters brought into focus in this captivating collection of poems. Originally published in 1979, these poems are an eloquent, unsparing tribute to the lives of the Caribbean people and the power of nature. Simple chants and schoolyard skipping songs alongside more sophisticated poems reveal a place of beauty and hardship where life moves in harmony with the elements. With vibrant collage paintings and poignant line drawings by Eugenie Fernandes, Earth Magic will cast a spell over readers of all ages.
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Editorial Reviews

Quill and Quire
Fernandes uses a particularly pleasing curving line for hill, sun, moon, laundry line, and many versions of large, round women.
From the Publisher
This book glows with the warmth of a place worth visiting, savoring, and coming to know.

Fernandes uses a particularly pleasing curving line for hill, sun, moon, laundry line, and many versions of large, round women.

Children's Literature
The brilliantly colored warmth of the Caribbean flows across each page as delicious collections of words make the earth come alive: "The sky blinked, / woke up, / and might have changed its mind, / but day had come." Is there a child afraid of the dark? How comforting to think instead of day finishing, pulling "a black sheet about her. / She sits in the west corner, / lights an old pipe—it is the moon." The ordinary becomes fantastic when the river meets the sea and the "current is strong and foamy / 'Cause river wants to go to sea / but sea won't be her boat." The poetry and the illustrations are alive. Read "Rain" aloud and you will feel the drops all around you. See the old woman, quickly sketched, sitting on a newspaper, and you will sigh and feel her anguish. There are wonderful first poems to read aloud to young children and stronger images for older students or adults, who can attempt to put their own world into words or just savor the world Brand and Fernandes have created. 2006, Kids Can Press, Ages 6 up.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Originally published in 1979, this collection contains 20 poems by the Trinidad-born poet. Accompanied here by Fernandes's vibrant acrylic collages, the selections create an engaging picture of tropical life. For example, in "Market Day," "Across from the gas station,/around the round-a-bout,/down by the busy corner,/the sun begins to grin." In "Eleven Years Old," a child thinks, "Maybe/I'll go to school/when the crop is in,/when we take the yams/from the soil,/then I'll wear a new dress." Like Eloise Greenfield's Under the Sunday Tree (HarperCollins, 1991), this book glows with the warmth of a place worth visiting, savoring, and coming to know.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553377061
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand was born in Trinidad and moved to Canada in the early 1970s. Her work has won both the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Trillium Award for Literature. Originally published in 1979, Earth Magic was her first book of poetry for children.

Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.

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