I Haiku You


This giftable little picture book of haiku by award winner Betsy Snyder is something adults will love to give one another as much as they'll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners. Perfect for Valentine's Day and any day of the year, this book will inspire people to tell one another, "I haiku you!" 

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This giftable little picture book of haiku by award winner Betsy Snyder is something adults will love to give one another as much as they'll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners. Perfect for Valentine's Day and any day of the year, this book will inspire people to tell one another, "I haiku you!" 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only chance to share special feelings with loved ones. Snyder’s diminutive book of haiku shows children with round faces and blue hair sharing moments of quiet togetherness all year round, against soft watercolor backgrounds. In a springtime scene, a boy in a sailor cap and a girl with a red beret fly a butterfly kite with heart-shaped wings (“love is in the air—/ every time our hearts meet up,/ i get butterflies”); another pair of children roast marshmallows around a fire later in the year (“toasty together—/ happy-camper sandwiches,/ ooey-gooey s’mores”). As though contained within a snow globe, each intimate scene is a distilled moment of joy. Ages 4–up. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This sweetly simple book focuses on love and the smaller joys in life. Twenty haiku in the 5 syllable/7 syallable/5 syllable format depict scenes of happiness and childhood friendship as seen through shared activities such as flying a kite, coloring together, and making a snow angel. The selections are sparkling-"your everyday song,/my favorite alarm clock-/good morning to you!"-but Snyder's cheerful watercolor illustrations, which add a touch of gentle whimsy and complement the themes of the poems, are the best part of the reading experience. While the book seems well suited as a gift to a young loved one (a prominent and bright "This book is especially for __" precedes the first poem), it would make a quietly compelling addition to any poetry collection.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
This sweet collection of haiku captures special moments of friendship and appreciation from a child's point of view. Love is explored in its broadest sense as a cast of winsome, ethnically diverse children are featured in everyday activities such as making snow angels, riding a bicycle and sharing a purple Popsicle. The pale watercolor backgrounds provide a soft, cozy environment in which the children begin their day as a cardinal chirps outside a window or several friends gather around a campfire to toast marshmallows. Snyder chooses words familiar to new readers while keeping the imagery and language lively and fun. One poem focuses on the reunion of a child and pet: "wiggle-wag tail love, / sloppy-smoochy-poochy love, / true-furry-friend love!" Another addresses a nighttime comfort: "shiny mister moon-- / your smile keeps me company / when the lights go out," while still another celebrates a newfound friend: "you be my jelly, / i'll be your peanut butter-- / let's stick together!" It appears the book's design aims to make it accessible to new poets and readers. All the text is lowercase, and much of the punctuation is limited to dashes and exclamation points. And most importantly, each poem satisfies when read aloud. A good choice for emerging poetry fans. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867507
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 689,721
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BETSY E. SNYDER is a seasoned illustrator-designer of children's greeting cards in addition to writing and illustrating children's books. Her work has been recognized with the Please Touch Museum's 23rd Annual Book Award, a Silver Addy Award (Cleveland—2006), and has been selected for the Society of Illustrators Annual shows. Animals and nature have fascinated Betsy since she was a young child fishing and catching salamanders in ponds of Pennsylvania. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.

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