Greens: Poems

Greens: Poems

by Arnold Adoff

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adoff's newest collection is playfully dedicated to Kermit the Frog for ``Being Green,'' a source of inspiration for all the poems in this book. It's not easy to tell where one of these exuberant poems ends and another begins, since they flow together as one hymn of praise to greenness. From grasshoppers to coloring books to pistachio ice cream, Adoff celebrates green and growing things in rhythmical, untaxing verse reminiscent of the ``colorpoems'' sometimes assigned to children by teachers in writers-in-the-school programs. Often Adoff's poems contain a simple sentence changed by unexpected spacing and line position: ``As soon as She Is Up/ Grandma is up/And/ Out side/ Picking the/ Fresh/ And/New/ And/ Tender/ Dandelion greens to/ Cook/ Up/ For/ Us/ All.'' Lewin's sketchy watercolor and ink drawings match Adoff's breezy tone and sense of fun. Ages 6-10. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-6 Adoff offers 26 exuberant poems perfectly designed for reading aloud. He does not keep to the standard greens of spring and summer, of turtles and split pea soup, although these too are celebrated here. There is also the promising green of a tin roof under its burden of snow; there is the green of Christmas dollar bills when he changes ``money into thanks''; there is even a green-and-orange poem to Notre Dame. Each poem uses complex rhyme scheme and masterful rhythm to reveal the subject further. Lewin's lively watercolors of hoses and chubby boys and green things complement the poems perfectly. Classrooms and libraries in which young poets are encouraged will want to have this in their collections. Like O'Neill's Hailstones and Halibut Bones (Doubleday, 1961), these poems are clear invitations to explore the world of color. Adoff's last line in his last poem ``Greens'' is provocative: ``All the rest is other colors for another time.'' Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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7 - 10 Years

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