I Never Told: And Other Poems

I Never Told: And Other Poems

by Myra Cohn Livingston, Brian Pinkney

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- These 42 brief poems are an experienced wordsmith's quiet, personal look at things, places, and events. Usually not more than four stanzas, sometimes only five lines, the verses' pared down words shape clear visual images of the ordinary--candles, clowns, bees, the moon--as well as of memories and contemporary concerns (``Guns/ and/ rifles/ who will buy them?/ Jets/ and/ fighters/ who will fly them? . . . ''). The often first-person voice and overall tone lend a sense of immediacy to these subjects; the poet, in addition to her descriptively limned topics, is present in these lines. The sense most often evoked is sight--one sees via the concrete imagery--but the rhythms and forms are varied. This is a well-crafted collection, but its insights and perspectives are neither so extraordinary, nor so uniquely appealing to children, as to lift it into the must-have category. If you have Valerie Worth's Small Poems volumes (Farrar), as well as a good dose of Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and other works by Livingston, you're well covered in this genre. --Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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1st ed
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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