Falling Down the Page

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TRY THIS AT HOME. Poems to inspire young readers.

From Eileen Spinelli’s many goodbyes to summer at the shore, to Avis Harley’s catalog of ways to say hello across the globe, to a close look at the birds and animals outside Valiska Gregory’s window in winter…Georgia Heard has collected list poems from contemporary poets. Each list is gathered with a poet’s eye – carefully selected details beautifully presented – so that readers see the extraordinary in the ordinary. And so ...

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Overview

TRY THIS AT HOME. Poems to inspire young readers.

From Eileen Spinelli’s many goodbyes to summer at the shore, to Avis Harley’s catalog of ways to say hello across the globe, to a close look at the birds and animals outside Valiska Gregory’s window in winter…Georgia Heard has collected list poems from contemporary poets. Each list is gathered with a poet’s eye – carefully selected details beautifully presented – so that readers see the extraordinary in the ordinary. And so readers are encouraged to be writers. The simplicity of each poem and Georgia Heard’s introduction will inspire young poets to write their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patrice Russo Belotte
A list poem takes the everyday to new lengths through diction and imagination. As the writer's ideas fall down the page, so the poem is created. Edited by Georgia Heard, this collection of poems loosely follows the school year, journeying from summer to fall and back again. A mess of a desk turns into a collection of stories in Jane Yolen's "In My Desk." Avis Harley gives the reader some ideas of places to sit and enjoy a book in "Booktime." A list of all of the things one knows is never what is on a test, despite how important they may be, according to "Test Day" by Kathi Appelt. Lists do not always have to go in order. Heard plays with structure in her poem, "Oak Tree." Lists can go up and down, back and forth, right to left, and all around. In fact, the more dynamic the list gets, the better the poem can be. David Harrison showcases a symphony of sounds in his poem, "Chorus of Four Frogs." Beyond the daily expectations of school and homework, this collection reaches out to address subjects such as science, writing and community. Carefully crafted as a book that is meant to be flipped up, each poem reveals great things in the everyday. Reviewer: Patrice Russo Belotte
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

The surprises begin with the cover of this long, narrow book that opens from the top, sporting a title tumbling down with assorted objects-a feather, a squirrel, a pencil, a sock. Inside is a wide variety of list or catalogue poems, which Heard describes in her introduction as "the oldest and most accessible of poetic forms." Many focus on the ordinary: Marilyn Singer's selection opens, "I like to hold in my hand/a baseball,/a shell,/a fistful of sand,/a feather,/a letter,/a red rubber band." Others, like Elaine Magliaro's "Things to Do If You're a Pencil" and Bobbi Katz's "Things to Do If You Are the Sun," encourage readers to think about familiar items in new ways, and kids will enjoy writing their own "Things to do..." poems. Still others urge youngsters to think more abstractly: Lee Bennett Hopkins's entry asks, "Why poetry?/Why?/Why sunsets?/Why trees?/Why birds?/Why seas?/Why you?/Why me?" David Harrison's humorous "Chorus of Four Frogs" will be hilarious to perform. It's a given that alert teachers will use this volume to encourage the enjoyment and writing of poetry. A winner.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Thirty-two "list" poems are presented in a dynamic design and trim size. At 5" x 10", the physicality of the book is its most distinguishing aspect, as readers are expected to turn pages vertically along the short spine, allowing the poems to visually "fall down the page." A couple of poems are presented horizontally, one is even upside-down and the large titles move all over the place. Though visually attractive, the design isn't actually conducive to comfortable handling, limiting the enjoyment of the poems, each of which approaches a topic kids will be familiar with (skateboarding, a long drive, the seasons) and develops it with creative leaps through a free verse "list." The accessible yet thought-provoking selections are from mostly well-known poets such as Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, and include a couple from Heard. Though not all are remarkable, the poems will spark imagination. Readers drawn by the design and who can then get past it may well enjoy this browser. (Poetry. 8-12)
From the Publisher
“Accessibility is one of the book’s greatest strengths, since the compact verses focus on familiar aspects of daily kid life.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The poems will spark imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Teachers will welcome this fine anthology.” —Booklist

“Truly wonderful.” —Katie’s Literature Lounge

“A winner.” —School Library Journal

“A thoroughly entertaining and distinctive collection.”—BookPage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596436664
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 241,592
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NPL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGIA HEARD is a poet, writer and teacher, who travels widely, speaking and giving workshops for children and adults. She lives in Singer Island, Florida.

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