Sing Of the Earth and Sky

Sing Of the Earth and Sky

by Aileen Fisher
     
 

Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Inspired by the earth, moon, stars and sun, Fisher writes with quiet reflection and humor in this appealing poetry collection. Although it is uneven in quality, the poems have a rhythm and simplicity that make them easy to read and appreciate. Fisher seems to be at her best when she is playful, as in "The lawn is full of footprints golden tracks that show. /My father says they're dandelions. /I think they're sunprints, though." Black-and-white drawings are acceptable, however, a few splashes of color would have been an added touch. All in all, this is a very good collection to add to any size library. 2001, Boyds Mills Press, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-It's a shame this book isn't better. Both the author, a prolific and well-regarded children's poet, and the illustrator are obviously talented. This shows in the freshness of some of the poetry; in "Star Prints," a snowy lawn in the morning is described as having "-such a twinkly glare/it seems a million shiny stars/have left their footprints there." It shows in the atmosphere of some of the pen-and-ink drawings; the illustration for "Until We Built a Cabin" gives a good feel for remote areas where the stars really show themselves in the black night sky. Overall, though, the quality of the writing is not sustained, and there is some repetition of ideas. Some of the diction is inflated ("The moon is very, very old-") and there are too few surprises, too little concrete imagery. What's more, the book really cries out for some color and a strong visual presence is noticeably lacking. Myra Cohn Livingston's Sky Songs (1984) and Space Songs (1988, both Holiday; o.p.), both illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher, are for a slightly older audience, but are examples of superb collaborations that evoke the kind of wonder the subjects deserve.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563978029
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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