A Southern Child's Garden of Verses

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"Whimsical and soothing rhymes evoke delightful visions of gentle pastimes and fond memories of days gone by."
-Glenn Dromgoole, author, Good Night Cowboy and Good Night Cowgirl

"David Davis draws on a wealth of imagery to paint the highways and byways of Southern charm. Kids of all ages, sit back and enjoy the memories!"
-Sharon M. Lawler, librarian, Universal City, Texas

"Paying homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, Davis brings ...

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Overview

[Front Flap]

"Whimsical and soothing rhymes evoke delightful visions of gentle pastimes and fond memories of days gone by."
-Glenn Dromgoole, author, Good Night Cowboy and Good Night Cowgirl

"David Davis draws on a wealth of imagery to paint the highways and byways of Southern charm. Kids of all ages, sit back and enjoy the memories!"
-Sharon M. Lawler, librarian, Universal City, Texas

"Paying homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, Davis brings together a collection of pithy poems that celebrate Southern life."
-Jeanette Larson, children's literature consultant

Stars like candles glow in the sky and scented vines of wisteria wind down secret lanes in this collection of poetry for children. Such reminiscences as sipping RC Cola and rocking on a porch swing capture the sweet memories of childhood in the South.
Award-winning author David Davis alludes to several Southern states through nostalgic rhymes. Georgia peaches, Louisiana belles, and Texas cowboys are only a few of the regional characters introduced to young readers. Enchanting illustrations by Herb Leonhard accompany each innocent verse.

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David Davis's flair for storytelling is apparent in his highly acclaimed children's books. Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book and Jazz Cats were named to the Children's Choice Top 100 List. A finalist for the Texas Golden Spur Award, Jazz Cats was also selected for the Accelerated Reader Program. His other Pelican books include Texas Aesop's Fables, Texas Mother Goose, Texas Zeke and the Longhorn, Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, and Librarian's Night Before Christmas. Davis lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Award-winning artist Herb Leonhard has designed various promotional materials in support of local and national charities. His work has appeared in D Magazine and on album covers. Leonhard is the illustrator of Pelican's St. Patrick and the Three Brave Mice and Way Out West on My Little Pony. He lives in Prosser, Washington.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This anthology is rightfully termed a collection of verses—the three or four offerings on each page vary from four-line rhymes to three or four stanzas are not serious poems. However, the shorter ones offer good language play—such as the rhyme and alliteration in "Baby Bubba Bubble Gum, /Fun to chew—please buy me some." The longer ones include musings that reflect the perspective of a child—as indicated by "I'd Love to Ride a Rainbow." Leonhard's full-color, realistic illustrations of one of the poems on each page suite the style of the verses—something you might find in a calendar or greeting card. While many of the entries mention a southern location, almost all of them have a universal appeal. This could be an effective addition to a classroom library to promote interest in poetry and language play. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589807648
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 months - 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Herb Leonhard has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for more than two decades. He specializes in children's book illustrations, portraiture based on music and entertainment themes, fantasy, floral, and landscape images. Through his advertising work, Leonhard has won numerous gold, silver, and merit awards. He has also designed various promotional materials in support of local and national charities.

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