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Inner Chimes: Poems on Poetry
     

Inner Chimes: Poems on Poetry

by Bobbye Goldstein (Selected by), Jane Zalben (Illustrator)
 

This joyful anthology celebrates the words, the rhymes, and the inspiration that create poetry. Included are poems by Eleanor Farjeon, Karla Kuskin, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Giovanni, and others. With verse selected by Bobbye S. Goldstein and illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben, this unique collection explores the wonder of poetry

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This joyful anthology celebrates the words, the rhymes, and the inspiration that create poetry. Included are poems by Eleanor Farjeon, Karla Kuskin, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Giovanni, and others. With verse selected by Bobbye S. Goldstein and illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben, this unique collection explores the wonder of poetry through poetry itself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The linen-like endpapers and intricate, gold-on-black cover design of this elegant volume of 20 poems about writing poetry announce a somewhat advanced book, but inside readers will find accessible verses that investigate the creation, joy, frustration and delight to be found in the poet's craft. Zalben's illustrations, like cameo miniatures, are intricate and tightly designed ornaments that evoke the poem's likeness without overwhelming its imagery. For example, Gerda Mayer's suggestion that the poet carries a poem ``carefully, / nervously, / in his head / like a saucer of milk'' is illustrated with a blue willow cup. Not all of the verses achieve the grace and thoughtfulness of the initial poems (by Eve Merriam and Karla Kuskin), but the wide-ranging selection should appeal to readers of varying ages. Poet Naoshi Koriyama compares a poem to a water-lily bud, which, like the book itself, will allow readers to see a poem ``gradually unfolding / Revealing its rich inner self / As one reads it / Again / And over again.'' Ages 3-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Poetry is best defined by poets, poetically. Bobbye S. Goldstein's twenty poems, chosen from the works of Eve Merriam, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Nikki Giovanni, and Karla Kuskin, among others, allow us to better appreciate the form's beauty. Jack Prelutsky, for example, concludes his thoughts with, "My pencil sings as words take wing, / I shiver with delight, / My favorite amazing thing / Is sitting writing poems in the middle / of the night." Inner Chimes: Poems on Poetry, illustrated by Jane Breskin Zalben, is a gift for all poetry lovers.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- Twenty previously published poems about poetry by 18 modern poets. Merriam's ``Inside a Poem'' gets pride of place, followed by celebratory insights from the likes of Eleanor Farjeon, Karla Kuskin, Nikki Giovanni, Mary O'Neill, and Jack Prelutsky. Zalben's small-figured watercolor illustrations illuminate the pages--especially when they feature a quilt or a richly colored textile pattern--but often copy images directly from the poems without elaboration: below X. J. Kennedy's ``A jumbled sight,/ The sheets I write!/ High time for paperclips/ To take a bite/ And grip them tight/ Between bright bulldog lips'' is a picture of two bulldogs, a scat tering of paperclips, and a small pile of crumpled paper. Although Goldstein ends with John Farrar's double-edged ``Now, often when I'm wakeful/ I count a million sheep--/But poems are far, far better/ For putting kids to sleep,'' in general the sentiments she has collected are simple, inspirational expressions of the joys of writing and reading poetry. An easy prelude to books such as Janeczko's The Place My Words Are Looking For (Bradbury, 1990) --John Peters, New York Public Library
Deborah Abbott
Here is a volume that is not only fun to read aloud but also full of inspiration for young writers. These 20 poems by favorites such as Karla Kuskin and Eleanor Farjeon open up the world of ideas and language in an entertaining and thoughtful way. From soothing images of poetry and words of precision to the remembering of lines until a pencil is handy, these short verses aptly capture the joy of language, rhymed and unrhymed. Small, simple color drawings add just the right feeling to each page. Readers and writers alike will treasure this fine volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563970405
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Bobbye S. Goldstein is the compiler of the popular collection Bear In Mind: A Book of Bear Poems. She lives in New York City.

Jane Breskin Zalben has written and illustrated many books for children, including Beni's First Chanukah, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She also provided the illustrations for Jane Yolen's An Invitation To The Butterfly Ball and All IN the Woodland Early, published by Boyds Mills Press. She lives in Port Washington, New York.

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