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Have You Ever Done That?

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Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night? Sailed a boat in stormy waters? Or nursed a baby bird back to health? Maybe you've done other strange things you weren't expecting to do, or familiar things that became surprising as you did them. In this beautifully illustrated book of poetry you'll discover exciting possibilities in the events of each day and night. Every page hold a world to be explored.

Julie Larios is a poet who lives in ...

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Overview

Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night? Sailed a boat in stormy waters? Or nursed a baby bird back to health? Maybe you've done other strange things you weren't expecting to do, or familiar things that became surprising as you did them. In this beautifully illustrated book of poetry you'll discover exciting possibilities in the events of each day and night. Every page hold a world to be explored.

Julie Larios is a poet who lives in Seattle. Her first book, On the Stairs, was done in collaboration with her sister, Mary Cornish.

Anne Hunter is the author and illustrator of many children's book, including Possum's Harvest Moon and Possum and the Peeper. She lives in Vermont.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night?/ Everything looks different/ in the moon's strange light" begins Larios's (On the Stairs) lyrical ode to the wonders of nature. The title acts as the volume's gently probing refrain. Without sounding preachy and with the age range of her audience firmly in mind, the author urges readers to seize the small and big opportunities that life offers. It may mean camping out on a summer night or something with bigger stakes, such as flying "out across the river/ on a rope" and then letting go, even though the water below is "deep and cold and black." Hunter's (Possum's Harvest Moon) exquisite watercolors mirror the quiet intensity and sensuality of the verse. Her artwork ranges from a double-spread landscape of towering cornstalks to a boat in a storm with the sun breaking through the clouds. The poignant portrait of a swaddled baby crow takes the text one step further, showing the adult crow after it's been nursed back to health. With subtle cross-hatching and muted colors, Hunter brings an intriguing tension to every picture and conveys the message that, for those willing to look a little harder and risk a little more, life-changing surprises and revelations await. Ages 2-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Soft watercolor illustrations, detailed with cross-hatching, give life to these lyrical "have you ever" musings. Children will explore elements of the scary (sleeping outdoors at night), the adventure (sailing a boat "with the wind at my back"), the brave (holding a hungry snake), and the nurturing (finding potato bugs and hot worms to feed an injured crow). Each turn of the page presents the unexpected and will give children and adult caregivers pause to discuss, digest and offer "have you evers" of their own before moving on to the next wonder. Quiet and gentle, this poem holds a myriad of possibilities for those willing to dare and to dream. 2001, Front Street, $15.95. Ages 5 to 7. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Beginning and ending with a child sleeping under a star-filled sky, protected by a canopy of trees, this beautifully patterned and paced text takes readers on a trip into the imaginative dreams of children. It starts with the question: "Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night?" A child replies no, but he has done something different, and he continues the pattern with the question, "Have you ever done that?" The answer is always no, but there is also always something else each child has done that is equally engaging. One may have "picked up a corn snake" or "Flown with wings" or "Nursed a baby bird." The opening illustration of the first child sleeping immediately makes the connection with dreaming, and it's confirmed at the end as readers are urged to "stretch your wings in the moon's strange light" and join this flight of fancy. Hunter's watercolor-and-ink illustrations create a cozy, inviting place in which anything is possible, yet all seems grounded in the world around us. The lilting rhyming text perfectly combines things possible and improbable. Its direct address makes it a perfect read-aloud or a candidate for reader's theater. Pair this with Elinor Horwitz's When the Sky Is Like Lace (HarperCollins, 1987) for a cozy, fanciful storytime.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
New and exciting possibilities can be found in everyday life if only one takes the opportunity to savor the ordinary. "Have you ever slept outside on a hot summer night?" "Held a hungry snake." "Flown with wings. / Have you ever done that?" These poetic challenges to do something different make even sleeping in the back lawn in a sleeping bag seem like an adventure. Walking through a corn field; watching dragonflies float overhead; even swinging on a rope swing and dropping into the water below all become mysterious and beautiful. Soft watercolor-and-pen illustrations add to the whimsy of the rhythmic verses. Imaginations will soar and sleeping bags will be unrolled as young readers discover their own everyday adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910492
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 957,525
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Hunter was born in Lake Worth, Florida where she grew up accompanying her bird-watching mother into the remote woods and swamps and there beginning her own interest in natural history. She attended Earlham College and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She paints, writes, and lives in an old farmhouse in southern Vermont with her farmer husband Andrew, one dog and eight lazy hens. Have You Ever Done That? is her ninth children's book.

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