The Great Frog Race and Other Poems

The Great Frog Race and Other Poems

by Kristine O'Connell George, Kate Kiesler

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A fresh collection of twenty-eight poems about a girl living in the country.See more details below

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A fresh collection of twenty-eight poems about a girl living in the country.

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"The soft, full-and-double-page scenes are evocative and inviting, featuring a comfortably homely cast of boys and girls. For personal enjoyment, reading aloud, and encouraging children in the writing of poetry -- this offering has lots of uses." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first collection of poems by George is a loving appreciation of some of the countryside's greatest treasures (a "falling star that won't go to bed" and "hides in the daisies"; a weeping willow that "wept piles of tears for me to rake") and a celebration of a child's view of the world (eyes that see chubby commas when they come upon polliwogs). George's images are quiet but startling in their simple beauty ("The porch light shines on rain/ taking thin silken stitches/ with strands of wet thread./ I run outside to the rain/ to see what it is sewing"). For this poet, inanimate objects are equally miraculous and become trusted friends for their users, like a metal bucket that "stays with its family/ for life." George adds variety to the collection with poems about language and an encouraging one for lovers of song who tend to be off-key. Kiesler's (Into the Deep Forest with Henry David Thoreau) paintings are equally strong, realistically depicting the awe on children's faces as they come upon tadpoles or witness a moonlit frog race. Her warm palette of earth tones and the soft, feathery texture achieved by her thick brush strokes all add to the comfortable and comforting mood. All around, an invitation to experience joy and wonder. Ages 5-9. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
A fresh outlook on the ordinary, and often unnoticed, happenings occurring around us; and the joy that comes with discovering or re-discovering them. The poems and illustrations follow a young girl as she experiences these events. Take "Evening Rain," for example: "I run outside to the rain to see what it is sewing." Fun to read aloud. The sharp, colorful illustrations make it fun to look at as well.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6--Atmospheric paintings and crystal-clear imagery uncover the magic and dreams of ordinary things, from polliwogs to a spring wind to a garden hose. (Apr.)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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8.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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