I'm Small and Other Verses

I'm Small and Other Verses

by Lilian Moore, Jill McElmurry
     
 
Whether you’re small or not so small, the moods and moments in Lilian Moore’s 18 poems—charmingly illustrated by Jill McElmurry—will feel familiar, and ring true.

How does it feel to be the first person to walk in the newly fallen snow? To run and play with your best friend? To eat a sticky spoonful of peanut butter? To know

Overview

Whether you’re small or not so small, the moods and moments in Lilian Moore’s 18 poems—charmingly illustrated by Jill McElmurry—will feel familiar, and ring true.

How does it feel to be the first person to walk in the newly fallen snow? To run and play with your best friend? To eat a sticky spoonful of peanut butter? To know you’re about to sneeze? Nostalgic yet timeless, and illustrated in joyous detail by Jill McElmurry, this collection of verses by renowned poet Lilian Moore captures and celebrates the voice, and spirit, of childhood.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This uneven collection of 18 poems has moments of literary excellence and, unfortunately, archaisms as well. At their best, Moore's (I Never Did That Before) verses are models of economy, child-friendly and evocative. For example, a child muses on the joys of a snowsuit: "I'm zippered/ up to my chin./ I like my zipper skin./ I like the way it keeps me/ IN." Other entries seem dated, either in their references or in their use of language. A list of things that come in pairs includes "gloves to wear going to town"; a child describing an arm that's fallen asleep says, "Ooh!/ Now that it's waking,/ How funny it is!/ Like ginger ale/ That starts to fizz." A recurring cast of multicultural children stars in the illustrations. The mood of the pictures is invariably cheerful; even when a narrator is shown growing bored (as in the poem "Waiting"), McElmurry adds a comic touch (in this case, a cat unties the ribbon on the present the narrator waits to give someone). However, her contributions here lack the wit of her Mad About Plaid. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This collection of eighteen poems moves from windy, rainy and snowy days (and their attendant colds, mittens and snowsuits), to the sunshine of the seaside or a park in summer, to painting, playing with blocks or choosing the scariest mask for Halloween. Whatever the situation, we do not simply observe the child characters, but are plunged with great skill into the moment, so that we experience with them the things they are feeling—both physically and emotionally. Whether a poem is describing a moment of reflection, as in the whimsical "Alone"—"I like the way my fingers feel inside my mitten/Only-/Sometimes I wonder if my thumb doesn't get quite/ Lonely," or the "prickly tickly feeling that goes and comes and goes" before a big sneeze, or the cool, squishy, squashy feel of finger paint, young listeners should identify readily. Jill McElmurry's charming illustrations carefully complement the text, as for example, in the picture accompanying "Snowsuit"—"I'm zippered/up to my chin. /I like my zipper skin. /I like the way it keeps me/IN"—which shows a pink snowsuit-clad, goggles-wearing girl zipping along on a snowboard, her tracks having made a giant Z in the snow behind her. A fine introduction to poetry for the youngest audiences. 2001, Candlewick Press, . Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Barbara Maitland
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This collection of poems is brought to vibrant life by McElmurry's gouache artwork. The verses focus on typical childhood concerns and pleasures, from playing in the snow and on the beach to the difficulty of waiting for a desired event. "How long is/`a little while, dear'?/How many days to/`soon'?/Why does the morning/take so long/To get to/`this afternoon'?" The gently expressionistic illustrations feature a mix of youngsters from different ethnicities, highlighting the universal nature of the poetry. McElmurry does a particularly good job of illustrating unrelated poems on the same double-page spread by connecting the events in each, e.g., "I Like Peanut Butter" and "Ooh!" are joined by a drawing of two boys eating at the same table. One is focused on his peanut butter, the other on his arm, which has fallen asleep. Most of the poems previously appeared in Humpty Dumpty's Magazine. These selections will work well for storytime and one-on-one sharing.-Ellen A. Greever, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763611699
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.73(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Lilian Moore is the author of many well-loved books for children, including ADAM MOUSE’S BOOK OF POEMS; DON'T BE AFRAID, AMANDA; I NEVER DID THAT BEFORE; and POEMS HAVE ROOTS. She is also a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English. I’M SMALL is her first book for Candlewick Press. She says, "I’ve always felt close to the feelings of children—and I try to be sensitive to those feelings in my writing. These verses will engage readers, I hope, because of the real emotions behind them." Lilian Moore lives in Washington State.

Jill McElmurry has done illustrations for magazines, posters, and book jackets. She is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book MAD ABOUT PLAID. She says of I'M SMALL, her first book for Candlewick Press, "Reading these evocative poems for the first time, I was transported back to the days of mud pies and rope swings. I was reminded of feelings I’d forgotten I’d had as a small child." Jill McElmurry lives in Maryland with her husband and their two dogs.

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