Horizons: Poems As Far As the Eye Can See

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When the sun rises, it lifts the curtain on the horizon, ushering in a brand-new day. And like a new day, each horizon is original. Sun, clouds, sky, water, even skyscrapers shape the distance and offer us new views and the chance to think about what lies beyond. Renowned poet and author Jane Yolen gives us her insights on horizons great and small in fourteen new poems. Inspired by Jason Stemple's stunning photographs of vistas found in deserts, swamps, mountains, and other scenic places, Ms. Yolen, in ...
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When the sun rises, it lifts the curtain on the horizon, ushering in a brand-new day. And like a new day, each horizon is original. Sun, clouds, sky, water, even skyscrapers shape the distance and offer us new views and the chance to think about what lies beyond. Renowned poet and author Jane Yolen gives us her insights on horizons great and small in fourteen new poems. Inspired by Jason Stemple's stunning photographs of vistas found in deserts, swamps, mountains, and other scenic places, Ms. Yolen, in thoughtful, playful verse, allows us to imagine what happens when earth meets sky.
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Gr 2-6-Yolen wrote these spare, free-verse poems to accompany Stemple's photographs. The selections are generally metaphoric descriptions, as in "Sunset Horizons": "When the ball of fire/Touches earth,/The mountains will flame./Nothing but night/Can put it all out,/That perfect fire fighter,/Who comes every time/Without being called." Some evoke the speaker's emotional state, though it's one that young people may have a hard time connecting to, as in "Horizon with Deer": "Let me remember then this curve of earth,/The deer strung along the horizon,/To set my gyroscopic heart/Back to the place where love can start." Though these poems may show a young audience a new way to look at horizons, few will truly impress themselves on readers. Many of the full-color photographs are spectacular and may draw readers in, but all are not equally fantastic. Two of them employ sequential exposures, but only one of them is explained-readers are left to guess at how Stemple got five moons in the other. Adults may find this book useful for examples in a poetry-writing exercise with children, but it is only for large collections with a base of fans for Yolen's work.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563971976
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of more than two hundred books for young readers and adults. She is coauthor with her daughter, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, of Dear Mother, Dear Daughter: Poems for Young People, published by Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. Jane lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Jason Stemple, a free-lance photographer, provided the photographs for Wild Wings; Color Me a Rhyme; Once Upon Ice; Water Music; and Snow, Snow--all poetry books for young people written by his mother, Jane Yolen. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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