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I Never Did That Before: Poems

I Never Did That Before: Poems

by Lilian Moore, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
A book of poems for young readers that details first experiences such as biting into a sour pickle, bursting a balloon, and mixing two colors of paint together. The colorful uncluttered illustrations add to the simplicity of the poems. A good choice to introduce young children to the poetry genre.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Moore's newest poetry collection offers 14 selections based on young children's everyday experiences, with subjects like ``Monkey Bars,'' ``New Sneakers,'' and ``Kittens.'' The images and rhymes are obvious (``My new sneakers/want to/run./They want to race/with every/one''); the cozy lines never quite become the original viewpoint that is poetry. Hoban's exuberant mixed-media drawings capture the youngsters in action. Moore's See My Lovely Poison Ivy (Atheneum, 1975; o.p.) remains a better example of her talent.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT
Leone McDermott
There are many milestones on the road to growing up. Big ones, like learning to walk, are widely recognized. But smaller triumphs, like learning to skip, often go unmarked. These 14 gentle poems express a child's delight in the little discoveries and steps of growth that make up daily life for the young. Subjects include pleasant events, such as wearing new sneakers, holding a kitten, and learning that blue and yellow make green, as well as unpleasant ones, such as biting a sour pickle and popping a balloon. One poem celebrates a night without fear of the monster in the corner: "Hey, He's not here / tonight. / No hairy bear in sight! / He's gone creeping to his / lair. / He knows I'm too big now / to scare." Outgrowing one's clothes is particularly sweet: "`I don't reach your knees'/ the coat complained. / `Whatever did you do?' / `Coat,' I explained, / `I grew.'" The softly rhymed, uncomplicated verses are well spaced on white backgrounds. Amiable crayon-and-watercolor drawings show children of differing ethnicities doing new things and being pleased about it. Little ones should give this volume a warm reception.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 2 Years

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