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Ten-Second Rainshowers: Poems by Young People
     

Ten-Second Rainshowers: Poems by Young People

by Sandford Lyne (Compiler), Virginia Halstead (Illustrator)
 
The poems of young people most honestly capture the extraordinary moods and moments of everyday life. In this insightful collection, over 100 poets candidly share playful and poignant stories from the challenging world of growing up. Readers of all ages will rediscover poetry--and writing--as an exhilarating way to speak out, see closely and feel deeply. Full color.

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The poems of young people most honestly capture the extraordinary moods and moments of everyday life. In this insightful collection, over 100 poets candidly share playful and poignant stories from the challenging world of growing up. Readers of all ages will rediscover poetry--and writing--as an exhilarating way to speak out, see closely and feel deeply. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lyne, who claims to have taught poetry-writing to more than 27,000 youths in his work as a visiting poet, presents poems by 130 students, grades three through 12. Introducing each of seven sections are a pair of vivid oil paintings that illustrate the theme; e.g., preceding "Black and Blue: Poems About Challenges" is a painting of a child holding a yellow ball of light generated by fireflies while a second painting features a blue-faced child encased in casket-like snow and falling leaves, his thin hands clutching a broken paper heart. Of the poems, much is prosaic and clich-driven ("That cute boy is driving me crazy/ he is so cute" or "Children are like/ Precious flowers/ That break if you/ Don't treat them right"). Some poems include an occasional image (a teacher "yells like a red dragon," another "looks like a book"); others are obscure ("Every day I think about/ the god and the weeds/ outside and sometimes/ I hold my doll"). While some of the young poets express themselves distinctively, most have not yet learned how to use the tools of the craft. As proud of their work as the students and their parents might be, the book is little more than a grandly produced version of the classroom "publications" of teachers across the country. Ages 8-up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-This volume is a sheer delight with its brief, potent glimpses of life seen through the eyes of 130 children, ages 8 to 18. The poems are written in free verse, so the restrictions of rhyme are missing, resulting in realistic verses that are clever, evocative, and honest. The lines and words are simple, but the total effect is strong. The selections are arranged in chapters about childhood, home and family, challenges, nature and beauty, friendship and love, and solitude and spirit. The verses celebrate what the compiler calls the "...young poets' sudden and complete surrender to inspired awareness, insight, and expression." Whether the experiences they describe are difficult or playful, there is much to be savored here. A topic as basic as playing in a schoolyard becomes a masterpiece through the insightful words of a sixth grader: "...when we get outside onto/the soft earth we run and yell/and fight and scream./We are no longer angels./We are masters at childhood." This lean volume is boldly and brightly illustrated with color plates at the beginning of each section. The poems are brief, but their impact is long-"Rainshowers/last forever, seconds/at a time, and/almost like a poem/which is long/at heart."-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689801136
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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