Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems

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Overview

A young girl tells of the simple joys of everyday life in 16 poems that touch the important aspects of a child's life.

African American children star in one new and one reissued title added to Harper Festival's Let's Read Aloud series: Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love, originally published in 1978, receives homey new illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, who also provides the artwork for Greenfield's bucolic On My Horse

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Overview

A young girl tells of the simple joys of everyday life in 16 poems that touch the important aspects of a child's life.

African American children star in one new and one reissued title added to Harper Festival's Let's Read Aloud series: Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love, originally published in 1978, receives homey new illustrations by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, who also provides the artwork for Greenfield's bucolic On My Horse

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Abounds with that special tenderness surrounding the everyday experiences in a child's life. These poems beg to be read aloud.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Greenfield brings her poetic vision of family love to young children in this book. Written for new readers, the book is filled with evocative images like the way a cousin from the South talks so "every word he says just kind of slides out of his mouth." Greenfield supports young readers with a song-like rhythmic words, images they can relate too, and a nurturing spirit that echoes in the ending refrain, "I love a lot of things,/ a whole lot of things/ And honey,/ I love ME, too." 1994 (orig.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The images of a young girl's life shimmer in these fifteen free verse poems. Evident here in Greenfield's lyrical style, which has been applauded in her many books for children. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Honey, I Love, the title poem from Greenfield's popular 1978 collection (HarperCollins), and On My Horse, a new poem, are filled with full-color illustrations featuring African Americans. The two simple stories describe a young girl's favorite summer activities and a boy's riding fantasy as he is led around on a gentle horse. The verses are simple, with flowing language and limited rhyme and repetition. Gilchrist's pictures fill the pages with large realistic portraits brimming with the warmth and pleasures of childhood. Their size and clarity make these books good candidates for toddler and preschool story hours as well as for one-on-one sharing.-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Kirkus Reviews
Iffy art cramps this 25th-anniversary reissue of the joyful title poem from Greenfield’s first collection (1978), illustrated by the Dillons. As timeless as ever, the poem celebrates everything a child loves, from kissing Mama’s warm, soft arm to listening to a cousin from the South, " ’cause every word he says / just kind of slides out of his mouth." "I love a lot of things / a whole lot of things," the narrator concludes, "And honey, / I love ME, too." The African-American child in the pictures sports an updated hairstyle and a big, infectious grin—but even younger viewers will notice that the spray of cool water that supposedly "stings my stomach" isn’t aimed there, and that a comforter on the child’s bed changes patterns between pages. More problematic, though, is a dropped doll that suddenly acquires a horrified expression that makes it look disturbingly like a live baby, and the cutesy winged fairy that hovers over the sleeping child in the final scene. The poem deserves better. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812445527
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1986
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 806,172
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Two-time Caldecott-winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon have illustrated over 25 books for children, and have received many honors, including two Coretta Scott King Awards and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. They live in Brooklyn, NY.

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Read an Excerpt

By Myself

When I'm by myself
And I close my eyes
I'm a twin
I'm a dimple in a chin
I'm a room full of toys
I'm a squeaky noise
I'm a gospel song
I'm a gong
I'm a leaf turning red
I'm a loaf of brown bread
I'm a whatever I want to be
An anything I care to be
And when I open my eyes
What I care to be
Is me

Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems. Copyright © by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    great memories

    When I was little my mom used to read Honey I love to me all the time! I forget how it goes but something tells me it's some where in the piles of all the books we have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    My Childhood favorite Book

    This is one of my favorite books to read when I was a younger. This book really got me into the whole reading is cool... It was also good to see characters of my same race love some of the things I love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    A must have for young African-American children!

    My mother bought this book for me when I was around seven years old - I am now 27! At any rate, it was a foundational book for me because it first introduced the world of poetry in an African-American context. It is perfect for any child. The poems are rhythmic and fun. The illustrations are awesome. Children will love it and the parents will love to read along as well.

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