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Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems

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Brought to life through Roma Karas's simple, vibrant illustrations, this collection of poetry by Lilian Moore offers a loving tribute to small moments in the big city, and to the children who live there.

Lilian Moore had a lifetime of experience as an author of books for young readers — and a particular expertise for observing and celebrating life from a child's point of view. In this collection, seventeen poems speak to the joys and everyday wonders of city living, including ...

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Overview

Brought to life through Roma Karas's simple, vibrant illustrations, this collection of poetry by Lilian Moore offers a loving tribute to small moments in the big city, and to the children who live there.

Lilian Moore had a lifetime of experience as an author of books for young readers — and a particular expertise for observing and celebrating life from a child's point of view. In this collection, seventeen poems speak to the joys and everyday wonders of city living, including the hush of a snowy morning, the grandeur of skyscrapers and bridges, the phantom faces reflected in store windows, and the transforming effects of a neighborhood mural painted "on the blank / unwindowed wall" by someone "dreaming / to the slap of a / wet brush."

A collection of poems that capture various aspects of life in the city.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Poems collects previously published poems by Lilian Moore, with artwork as electric as the urban beat by Russian-born artist Roma Karas. Snow-capped apartment buildings set the scene for Snowy Morning, which evokes the hushed tone of city streets (There is no bray/ of buses./ No brake growls,/ no siren howls, and/ no horns/ blow), while a spread of a busy intersection accompanies the cautionary How to Go Around a Corner (It's best to wait/ and/ turn/ the corner/ slowly/ as if it had a gate). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-These 17 poems, all but one of which were chosen from Moore's previous collections, celebrate life in the city. The offerings describe the hush of a snowy morning, winter's early darkness, urban streets and store windows, kite flying in the park, forsythia blooming in spring, summer play, a bare-branched tree in fall, a bridge by day and night, and more. The poems appear on pages covered in bright oil paintings; the comfortably large black print emphasizes Moore's use of assonance, alliteration, and intentional random rhyme. For example, "Wake/gently this morning/to a different day./Listen./There is no bray/of buses./No brake growls,/no siren howls, and/no horns/blow./There is only/the silence/of a city/hushed/by snow." In the simple, childlike illustrations, a young boy travels through city streets and different seasons, wondering at everything he sees. Trees and grass shine like emeralds, orange-and-red buildings have warmly lit windows, and the skies are blue and cloud-filled. These poems speak loudly to children; their simply stated messages spread encouragement to fledgling writers.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Though only one of the 17 poems here is new, by being paired to Karas's intimate, generic street and parkscapes, all shine in handsome new settings. Moore writes of snow and rain, of how "roofs / design a sky," of the pleasures of window shopping and kite flying, of the right way to round a corner, of the glories of a bridge by night and a mural filled with exotic animals by day. Meanwhile, the moon gleams, passersby chat on streets narrow or wide, children dash across a grassy meadow, a skeletal skyscraper rears up to the clouds, and pigeons-"city folk / content / to live with concrete / and cement,"-cluster hopefully near an empty trash can, while a young observer contemplates a leafless tree. Conveying an idyllic but never sugary view of urban life, this gathering not only marks a strong debut for the illustrator, but highlights the timeless quality of so much of Moore's poetry. (Poetry. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763619879
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilian Moore (1909-2004) wrote many well-loved books for children, including I'LL MEET YOU AT THE CUCUMBERS; ADAM MOUSE'S BOOK OF POEMS; DON'T BE AFRAID, AMANDA; POEMS HAVE ROOTS; LITTLE RACCOON; and I'M SMALL. She was a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Roma Karas was born in Russia and was interested in art throughout his childhood there. Eventually, he moved to the United States and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Roma Karas now lives in New York, where he works as an illustrator and bookmaker. MURAL ON SECOND AVENUE is his first book with Candlewick Press.

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