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From the PublisherBooklist--March, 2000
Adoff, Arnold. Illus. by Desimini, Lisa. Touch the Poem. Apr. 2000. 32p. Scholastic/Blue Sky, $16.95 (0-590- 47970-9). DDC: 811.
Ages 4-8. The solid imagery of Adoffs poetry takes on a visual dimension when paired with Desimini's bold pho- tographs. The experiences that touch a child's senses are celebrated here in poems that range from a walk on the beach to the feel of the fuzz on a peach as it rubs against the eater's lip. Sometimes both the poetry and the art are whimsical. A verse about the ways a little girl can relieve an itchy back ends with the idea of dropping a cat down her shirt. The photograph shows the girl sitting with her back to the camera, paw marks running down her shirt, and the cat trotting out of the picture. Other poems and illustrations are more observational: a few lines about what ice cream tastes like on a hot day, with a picture of a child's head tipped back as the child licks an ice-cream cone. Not all the pictures are successful. In one photo a baby's leg looks more like an arm with a foot attached. But in most cases, the colorfw photos and the bright words will please a wide age range. -Ilene Cooper