This is a collection of fourteen poems about weather accompanied by large colorful photographs. Lyrical and imaginative words describe the fog, rain, storms, and rain. Winter cold has a photograph of icy trees with a poem that describes them as "branches blooming with ice, paint a shocking picture of frosty white trees on winter's blue sky." A fun poem has a photograph of two children eating "icy treats" and the poem tells how the "searing sun" melts them so they need to "Quick! Lick!" One page is devoted to a brief explanation of the language of poetry. Another page lists types of poems such as acrostic, cinquain, and haiku along with the title and page number that tells where they can be found in the book. Although these poems are written for children in the early grades, they could be used in higher grades for the study of forms of poetry. A glossary, bibliography, Internet sites, and an index are included. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
A collection of original, weather-themed poetry for children accompanied by striking photos. The book demonstrates a variety of common poetic forms and defines poetic devices.
Meet the Author
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.
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