Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Hailstones and Halibut Bones

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by Mary O'Neill, John Wallner
     
 

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Since its original publication in 1961, Hailstones And Halibut Bones, Mary O'Neill's renowned work of poetry about the colors of the spectrum, has become a modern children's classic. This newly illustrated edition features lavish full-color illustrations from an award-winning artist, yet the poems have been left intact with all the powerful rhythm and rich

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Since its original publication in 1961, Hailstones And Halibut Bones, Mary O'Neill's renowned work of poetry about the colors of the spectrum, has become a modern children's classic. This newly illustrated edition features lavish full-color illustrations from an award-winning artist, yet the poems have been left intact with all the powerful rhythm and rich language of the original.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An exploration in imaginative, evocative verses of the world of color and its relationship to the other senses.”
The New York Times Book Review, “Ten Distinguished Juveniles of 1961”

“Has inspired young poets all over the country.”
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This beautifully illustrated book of poetry is actually "softer" than one might imagine from the title (which is only found once, in the section called "What is White?") given the complete text. Each color highlighted in the book gets a four-page spread; the text of the poem for each color is typically found on three pages with a few lasting only two pages. The individual sections all start out with the color "is" and then go into a list of what items, smells, and sounds make up that color. For example, "Brown is the color of a country road/Back of a turtle/Back of a toad./Brown is cinnamon/And morning toast/And the good smell of/The Sunday roast/. The individual color chapters are book-ended between two poems that introduce "The Colors" as personified beings that "pose and bend their knees/" . . . "dance, sing, laugh and cry." This is a lovely book to give as a gift to young readers and their parents looking for a slightly more sophisticated approach to learning colors. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up-- O'Neill's classic collection of 12 poems about colors (Doubleday, 1973) has been re-illustrated by John Wallner. Gone are Leonard Weisgard's elegant, evocative illustrations that were washed with the color explored in the poem. Instead, Wallner has created montages of each poem's images and colored them with various hues of the featured color. The results do complement the moods of the poems, but one must wonder why, in a set of poems celebrating color, all but three of the people shown are white. Poems such as ``What is Brown?''--``Brown is as comfortable/ As love''--could create responses like Arnold Adoff's Black is Brown is Tan (Harper, 1973) . Instead, it is illustrated with three white children and two white men working. But after more than 25 years, the poems, like colors, still sing. ``For colors dance/ And colors sing,/ And colors cry--/ Turn off the light/ And colors die.'' Kudos to Doubleday for letting Hailstones and Halibut Bones continue to live. --Kathleen Whalin, formerly at Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385410786
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
142,893
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mary O'Neill knew from childhood that she wanted to be a writer. She began her careeras an advertising copywriter, and after becoming a partner in her own agency, she moved to New York. There she divided her time, as author and housewife, and she started to write children's books for Doubleday, of which Hailstones and Halibut Bones is the most famous.

John Wallner is the award-winninf illustrator of more than thirty books for children. His many awards and honors include several ALA Notables, the Certificate of Excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Excellence(1080), and the American Writers award for best illustrator (1977).

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for teaching young children about colors and poetry. Beautiful illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
luv2tch More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I used it in my 3rd grade classroom as inspiration for the students to write their own color poems - wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent in every way. One of my teachers read this book to my class and we were amazed at how imaginative poetry can be. This book transfered plan colors to colors that had feelings and could be seen and heard. Beautifully written!!!!!!!!!