Is Somewhere Always Far Away?: Poems about Places

Is Somewhere Always Far Away?: Poems about Places

by Leland B. Jacobs, Jeff Kaufman

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A collection of poems originally published in 1967 (Holt) and newly illustrated. The ``place'' in the subtitle means city, country, home, and the land of make-believe, but it also stretches to include everyday objects and concepts that are part of a young child's experience. The 24 poems consider such things as roads, bumblebees, a bus stop, shoelaces, the difficulty of keeping a secret, and the coziness of nighttime. Jacobs uses ordinary language and conventional rhymes. ``A grasshopper said/ To a caterpillar furry/`I can't wait for you/I'm really in a hurry.'" Each page features a different background color with cut-paper illustrations in bright primary hues. The humans come in a variety of ages and skin tones and are reminiscent of Bert and Ernie. Indeed, everything in the book seems predictable and uninspired, and it screams ``classroom unit.'' Even the illustrations seem to be tailor-made for a bulletin board-easy to copy and cut out for a lesson on ``Our City'' or ``Our Home.''-Ellen D. Warwick, Winchester Public Library, MA

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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1st ed
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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