In the Spin of Things: Poetry of Motion

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Rebecca Kai Dotlich pays poetic tribute to things that shake or slap, whoosh or whirl, swirl or spill in this captivating book of verse. With charming illustrations by Karen Dugan, these twenty-three poems sparkle with clever imagery and crackle with dazzling wordplay. Here's a remarkable collection by a gifted poet to set young imaginations spinning.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich books include Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems, an ...

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Overview

Rebecca Kai Dotlich pays poetic tribute to things that shake or slap, whoosh or whirl, swirl or spill in this captivating book of verse. With charming illustrations by Karen Dugan, these twenty-three poems sparkle with clever imagery and crackle with dazzling wordplay. Here's a remarkable collection by a gifted poet to set young imaginations spinning.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich books include Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice. She lives with her family in Carmel, Indiana.

Karen Dugan is the illustrator of Tea Party Today, an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" book, written by Eileen Spinelli. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Children's Literature
Adults will enjoy reading this book of poems as much as children will enjoy listening to it. Rebecca Kai Dotlich displays an exceptional ear for the sounds of words to create energetic, playful images. In "Jump Rope," for example, the rope goes, "flip,flap/ LOOPS around/ slip, slap/ swoops down." In "Ice Cubes" we hear, "Drop, plop/ one at a time/ hear their crackling/ clinking chime." In other poems, such as "Roller Coaster," Dotlich plays with the shapes of the words on the page to echo the movement of her subject. Quite a few poems do not employ traditional rhyme schemes and meter, giving them a level of sophistication not often found in poetry for children. But even in those poems with a more traditional structure, the words are so well chosen, the images so sharp, they never fall into a sing-song pattern. "Carousel" begins: "On thin golden poles/ gliding up, sliding down/ a kingdom of horses/ goes spinning around." There are echoes here of Robert Louis Stevenson's masterful "Block City." Karen Dugan's bright, lively illustrations beautifully enhance the text. 2003, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press,
— Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In these 23 free-form poems, familiar items from around the house, classroom, or playground, as well as elements of nature, take on a life of their own. For example, "Ice Cubes" reads: "watch them bounce/and belly flop,/mixing, scrambling,/changing places-/chilly cubes,/frozen faces"; "Pencil Sharpener": "WHIRS/in the middle,/ gnaws/and nibbles,/-until/it is full,/until it is fed/with peelings/of pencils-/the BREAKFAST/OF LEAD." Colorful illustrations full of swirling movement enhance the playfulness of the verses. These imaginative poems could be used to inspire children's own creative writing.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this collection, a wide variety of mostly everyday items are described in terms of their motion. Cereal, scissors, and rubber bands, as well as carousels, waterfalls, and helicopters are examined and described visually and aurally. The reader is presented with vivid visual images, but it is the sounds that the objects make as they move that give life to the poems. The wind chimes are "tin ballerinas on a tangle of string," but they are also "sweet voices of chattering ghosts." Ice cubes plop and make a "crackling, clinking chime" as we "watch them bounce and belly flop." Most of the poems are on a single illustrated page and there are a few double-page spreads. Dugan selects just the right perspective to spotlight each subject's motion. Colors are bright without being garish and there's a sense of joy throughout. A different way of viewing the world around us. (Poetry. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563971457
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Kai Dotlich's books include Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and Castles: Old Stone Poems, co-written with J. Patrick Lewis. She lives in Carmel, Indiana.

Karen Dugan has worked on more than twenty-five books, eight with Boyds Mills Press, including If I Had a Snowplow by Jean L. S. Patrick and Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor by Eileen Spinelli. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    Teacher from Brooklyn is thrilled

    to find this collection. It was recommended to me by a teacher in another school district and I have had my class model their own poems from these exceptional movement and sound poems. There are objects that fly, spin, gobble, clink, slip and slap. Each word fits perfectly. The children love playing around with their own spinning/ noise making poems and I find the book to be a worthwhile addition to my poetry collections.

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