Which Way to the Dragon!: Poems for the Coming on Strong

Which Way to the Dragon!: Poems for the Coming on Strong

by Sara Holbrook, Karen Sandstrom, Reuben Martin
     
 

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In these four collections of verse (The Dog Ate My Homework, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult, Am I Naturally This Crazy? and Which Way to the Dragon!), Sara Holbrook deals honestly with issues facing adolescents: school, divorce, anger, violence, love, friendship, and self-esteem. Through her straight-talk style, Holbrook captures the joys, pains, and attitudes

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In these four collections of verse (The Dog Ate My Homework, I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult, Am I Naturally This Crazy? and Which Way to the Dragon!), Sara Holbrook deals honestly with issues facing adolescents: school, divorce, anger, violence, love, friendship, and self-esteem. Through her straight-talk style, Holbrook captures the joys, pains, and attitudes that preteens and teenagers feel and provides a message of understanding that readers will appreciate.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Phillips
"I'm coming on strong. Which way to the dragon!" So goes a line of poetry in this delightful, little book. Anyone would agree that this is a pretty accurate way to describe the resiliency of a child. Loose teeth, sibling rivalry, monsters, friendship and just being a kid are humorously explored in these 34 short poems. The simple, silly prose will tickle the funnybones of youngsters as they read about the problems and joys associated with growing up. Although mostly everyday issues and events are written about in this book, poems addressing more difficult problems such as divorce, illness, and saying goodbye are also briefly touched on. The author takes great care to speak from children's perspectives, using their style of words and thoughts. No illustrations with this little book, so adults will have to rely on their own animated story-telling skills when reading these poems to the younger audiences.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Featuring full-color cover photos of appealing preteens, these poetry books promise more than they deliver. Although Holbrook has selected topics of great interest to elementary kidssuch as self-esteem, embarrassment, divorce, discipline, sports, dreams, pets, school, friendships, mischief, family relationshipsthe poems border on the too cute and often belie the very seriousness of those childhood concerns. The rhymes are far-fetched in many instances and often scan poorly. On the other hand, the poet's inventive wordplay and bouncy rhythms give some of the short pieces a surprising punch, as in these two examples from Which Way: "The lightning show/is followed by/dramatic pause./The clouds applaud" and "I saw it all./Bird walk./Cat stalk./Pounce./Squawk./Close call." Creative teachers might use these poems to show their students that poetry can be about the most mundane topics, but Prelutsky, Silverstein, Viorst, and others have trod the same path more successfully.Marjorie Lewis, formerly at Heathcote School, Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563976414
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Sara Holbrook is the author of the poetry collection, Nothing's the End of the World. She lives in Bay Village, Ohio.

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