Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery

Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery

by Barbara Juster Esbensen, Eric Beddows

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Reviewers also make discoveries, and this year mine is poet Barbara Esbensen. Her images are fresh, revealing, and often profound. Consider "In Autumn", from Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: "I am the astronomer of / orchards / I know the secrets / hidden there / (Macintosh Winesap Cortland...) / I am the discoverer / the splitter / of apples. You must call me / Star finder!" And "Geode": Whenever you look at a "stone egg" you, too, will see "...a city frozen in a hollow stone ... / Listen / to / the busy sound / of crystal traffic thin as a splinter / the sharp-shadowed / sun / rises and sets transparent / in this amethyst sky." Eric Beddows's handsome illustrations accompany her poetry.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Visit

shrank my grandmother's
house? I mean
the banister
is cut off at
the knees! Last year
I had to stretch
to slide my hands along
the rail      hauling myself

In every room
the walls move in
to take a closer
look      "My!" they whisper
corner to corner
(The curtains
hold their breath)
"How you have grown!"

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