Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and Senses

Every Second Something Happens: Poems for the Mind and Senses

by Christine San Jose, Melanie Hall
     
 

Poems that tickle all of a young reader's senses. Children create order in their world by relying on their five senses and their experiences. In this engaging anthology, young readers are inspired to use those senses and experiences to discover the myriad delights of poetry. Educators Christine San José and Bill Johnson have selected more than sixty

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Poems that tickle all of a young reader's senses. Children create order in their world by relying on their five senses and their experiences. In this engaging anthology, young readers are inspired to use those senses and experiences to discover the myriad delights of poetry. Educators Christine San José and Bill Johnson have selected more than sixty poems—some classic, some contemporary, some from kids themselves—to amuse young readers and spark their imaginations. These poems tell stories, create unusual sounds, and paint delightful pictures to appeal to children's sense of wonder. A note to parents on how to use the book is included.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A versatile collection to encourage creativity and multiple learning strategies. --Kirkus Reviews

"Fun for reading aloud, the very short verses in this collection are easy, rhythmic, and immediate. . . . A great choice for sharing in the classroom or at home. --Booklist

"This slim volume will provide many moments of reading and listening pleasure." --School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This charming picture book begins with "A note to parents" to encourage them to enjoy poetry with their child; but it does not stop there, because the book was put together by two educators. They actually provide suggestions for how teachers can use this text and poems in general to help children find "paths" into books. For this collection, the paths are set up "in a way that follows the natural human approaches to making sense of the world." Thus, the first section is called "Tell Me," the second is "Look at This," the third is "Listen to This," the fourth is "Imagine That," the fifth is "Wiggle, Waggle, Shimmy, Shake," the sixth is "Love to Share," and the final section is "That's Me!" The poems themselves are a mixed collection of poems written by well-known authors as well as children, aged five through eleven; the combination provides a wonderful support for young readers in seeing that they, too, can write poems that might fit into the various categories. This would definitely be a great addition to any elementary or middle school library. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—San José and Johnson contend that their selections in this cheerful anthology are organized to serve Howard Gardner's groups of intelligences: language, senses (eyes, ears, movement), rational thinking, dealing with others, and knowledge of ourselves. The compilers also want to encourage readers to write their own poems and occasionally nudge them in that direction in brief notes heading each lively section ("Imagine That," "Wiggle, Waggle, Shimmy, Shake," and more). Spread across a broad white page or two and accompanied by pleasant watercolor figures and vignettes, the poems come from widely varied poets, familiar and new. Mixed throughout are entries by children whose names and ages are given. While sources for the poems by adults are acknowledged in the end, San José and Johnson never explain the origins of the children's poems. This slim volume will provide many moments of reading and listening pleasure.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
San Jose and Johnson (both formerly on the editorial staff of Highlights for Children) have organized an anthology of traditional rhymes, lesser-known verses and nicely crafted child-authored poems. The selections offer "a path" to interpreting the world through Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, so the readers' experiences are filtered through their own senses as influenced by the nuance of language, visual imagery and the sounds of a vibrant world. While the poems themselves may be obscure, some of the poets will be familiar; Eileen Spinelli, Lucille Clifton, Margaret Hillert, Joy Cowley, John Ciardi and even D.H. Lawrence share these pages. Hall's eclectic artwork, in a combination of media and styles ranging from cartoon to abstract to folk, reflects the individual mood and theme for each poem. For example, a whimsical scene of floating earthly characters sits below "I Am the Earth," a poem by a seven-year-old, while a simple, striking collage illustrates "Cradle Song of the Elephants," by Adriano del Valle. A versatile collection to encourage creativity and multiple learning strategies. (Poetry. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590786222
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,146,245
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Christine San José is a former senior editor of Highlights for Children and she served as language arts editor for Zaner-Bloser, Inc. She has done consulting work in language arts in England, Peru, Israel, and the United States. She is a storyteller of considerable talent and finds that a great help in her writing. She lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Bill Johnson has been an educational consultant for more than thirty years, and as a former classroom teacher he was selected Teacher of the Year in school districts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. He lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Melanie Hall has illustrated a number of books for children and is well known for her Jewish Holiday Series. She lives in Olivebridge, New York

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