The Great Frog Race and Other Poems

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Overview

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

A collection of poems about frogs and dragonflies, wind and rain, a visit to the tree farm, the garden hose, and other familiar parts of indoor and outdoor life.

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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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Gr 3-6Polliwogs, a dropped ice cream cone, ghosts, and a music class pass through the poetic prism of this pleasant collection. Myra Cohn Livingston comments aptly in the introduction: "In a time when we have a surfeit of verse whose purpose seems mainly to elicit a quick laugh, it is not only refreshing but urgent that our children hear poetry resonating with music, keen observation, fresh metaphor and personification, and meaningful flights of imagination." George's deft, short poems take many forms as they encapsulate appreciative glimpses of the natural world and small moments of childhood. Haiku, blank verse, bits of rhyme, and some lovely little bundles of words are sprinkled along in pieces that are descriptive and engaging. Though farm settings dominate in many of the poems and in the earthy browns and greens of Kiesler's oil paintings, the subjects will resonate with children everywhere. The tadpoles that are "Frogs-in-waiting/Huddled in puddles,/Snuggled in mud" or the girl stuck "high off the ground" on an "old rent-a-nag," and dreaming of "stallion and gallop/and wind in my hair" are not bound by place. Most readers will easily find favorites here. 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 poetrythis offering has lots of uses.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395776070
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/17/1997
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristine O'Connell George, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California.

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE GREAT FROG RACE AND OTHER POEMS. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.

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