×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Sweet Corn
     

Sweet Corn

by James Stevenson
 

See All Formats & Editions

Lemonade stands, bike rides, treehouses—moments as simple and magical as sweet corn in summer. James Stevenson—poet, author, artist, actor, and much more—captures these precious snapshots of life in this delightful poetry collection. Twenty-eight poems, combined with soft, colorful illustrations, will bring smiles, laughs, and memories of special times

Overview

Lemonade stands, bike rides, treehouses—moments as simple and magical as sweet corn in summer. James Stevenson—poet, author, artist, actor, and much more—captures these precious snapshots of life in this delightful poetry collection. Twenty-eight poems, combined with soft, colorful illustrations, will bring smiles, laughs, and memories of special times experienced by every child.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this diverse collection of 62 short poems, highlighted by the author's signature minimal watercolor and black-pen drawings, "spirited and kid-pleasing." Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The title poem of James Stevenson's latest collection demonstrates that poetry doesn't have to be long to be meaningful - "Why am I happy that I was born? Just one reason (in season) SWEET CORN!" Another expresses the universal sentiment of nostalgia over old photos in which "Everyone's smiling / Old friends are posing, giggling and hugging /... Nobody's angry, nobody's crying, / Nobody's fighting, nobody dies." His poems are simple, provocative, musical, philosophical, and just plain fun.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This collection of 28 poems is a hymn to fleeting experiences and impressions. As all Midwesterners (and readers of Garrison Keillor) know, eating sweet corn is a magical experience: ``Why am I happy/That I was born?/Just one reason/(in season):/SWEET/CORN!'' Stevenson's painter's eye captures moments such as watching people fish off a pier and seeing an old dog ``...trotting along the roadside'' visually and verbally-he carefully matches not only illustration to words, but also words to typeface. His placid cows, who ``...mostly stand there/Seldom climb mountains,'' are represented not only by an ink-and-watercolor drawing of a calm bovine, but also through substantial brown letters. In one selection, laundry hung out to dry dances in the poem's lines as well as in the accompanying picture. Through Stevenson's vision, the ordinary everyday world-summer storms, lemonade stands, rental bikes-is made extraordinary. A book to savor.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688173043
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
64
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

The Bridge

Young and old people
Lean over the railings,
Clutching thin strings
That go down to the water.

Maybe they're fishing.
Maybe they're crabbing.
Maybe they're flying their kites.
Upside down.

The Store That Doesn't Have It

If there's something you want,
This store doesn't have it.
Well, maybe they have it,
But somebody put it
Over or under some place
Where they lost it.
They say they could get it

(But not very soon).

Screen Door

When fog blurs the morning,
Porches glisten, shingles drip.
Droplets gather on the green screen door.
"Look," they say to one another,
"Look how dry it is inside."

Sweet Corn. Copyright � by James Stevenson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews