Water Music: Poems for Children

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In pond, river, and ocean, as a solid, liquid, or gas, water is everywhere. But what does it evoke? What emotions are brought forth when we hear the crash of surf, see the rush of a stream, or feel the tickle of soap bubbles on our skin? In thoughtful poems, renowned author Jane Yolen takes a fresh look at water in all its forms, using photographer Jason Stemple's breathtaking pictures as inspiration. Waterfalls, steams, lakes, ocean waves, even bath water take on new meaning as poet and photographer examine ...
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Overview


In pond, river, and ocean, as a solid, liquid, or gas, water is everywhere. But what does it evoke? What emotions are brought forth when we hear the crash of surf, see the rush of a stream, or feel the tickle of soap bubbles on our skin? In thoughtful poems, renowned author Jane Yolen takes a fresh look at water in all its forms, using photographer Jason Stemple's breathtaking pictures as inspiration. Waterfalls, steams, lakes, ocean waves, even bath water take on new meaning as poet and photographer examine these liquid landscapes through careful words and a camera's lens.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is a book of poems inspired by Jason Stemple's pictures. The pictures illustrate water in all its forms, and the poems are Yolen's responses. From dewdrops to raindrops, from a trickling stream to Niagara Falls, from a froth of soap bubbles to a puddle to a lake, from icicles to steam-water is music. And Jane Yolen is magnificent.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Yolen notes that Stemple's stunning full-color photographs were the inspiration for these 17 poems on different aspects of water. Ocean surf, dew drops, soap bubbles, a river, waterfall, icicle, and reflections are among the subjects sensitively wrought in words and pictures. The colors are soft and shimmering, reflecting the mood of quiet contemplation evoked by the verses. The attractively designed layout features one poem and photo per two-page spread. A book that can be appreciated by a wide audience.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590782514
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 968,013
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of more than two hundred books for young readers and adults. She lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, and Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Jason Stemple, a free-lance photographer, provided the photographs for Horizons, Color Me a Rhyme, Once Upon Ice, Water Music, and Snow, Snow--all poetry books for young people written by his mother, Jane Yolen. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    Interesting and Thought-Provoking

    Inspired by her son¿s photographs, Jane Yolen creates an interesting and thought-provoking series of poems about water in its many aspects. Her poems are rhythmic and fluently worded--grand examples for students of all ages. There is some variety in the types of poems included, but more would make this book even better. Most of the photographs are of a very high quality. This book has many examples of word usage as well as fluent writing, and it would be a good model for using pictures to inspire poetry.

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