Come and Play: Children of Our World Having Funby Ayana Lowe, Julie Collins (Illustrator)
Come and Play features 32 photographs of children from everywhere! China, Japan, Greece, Wales, Morocco, Oman, Texas, New York, and many more. Each photo is beautiful, thought provoking, and accompanied by lines of children's poetry that will amuse young readers, and cause adult readers to reflect and laugh as they see the images through children's eyes. The/i>
Come and Play features 32 photographs of children from everywhere! China, Japan, Greece, Wales, Morocco, Oman, Texas, New York, and many more. Each photo is beautiful, thought provoking, and accompanied by lines of children's poetry that will amuse young readers, and cause adult readers to reflect and laugh as they see the images through children's eyes. The photographs span the last fifty years; while the children who wrote about them are a diverse group between the ages of 5 and 11.
This book presents simple descriptive poems written by New York City schoolchildren paired with a variety of impressive, often evocative historical and contemporary fine-art photographs done in black and white and color. Rita Dove, who was a poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, writes in the introduction, "I think all of us have moments,/particularly in our childhood,/where we come alive,/maybe for the first time." One young poet says, "Fun feels like happy./Swinging feels like/dangling from the ceiling." A photograph shows two children swinging on ropes in front of a large housing complex in a run-down neighborhood in Northern Ireland in 1978. Two Chilean children dangle upside down from fence posts opposite a poem that is entitled, "Fun Is a Motion." There's a sweet photograph of Pablo Picasso holding his son Claude at the beach. The brief poem declares, "Papa!/I want to kiss the water./Let me go." A couple of quibbles: the individual authorship of the children is not acknowledged; instead they are named in a group photograph. Also, the ages of the writers are not matched with the individual poems. The photographers are identified in an addendum, and a map reveals the locations of the photographs. This is a lovely browsing book, beautifully and spaciously designed, that should appeal to both children and adults.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
- Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 11.29(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.59(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
AYANA LOWE is the Cultural Arts teacher at Hunter College Elementary School in Manhattan. Lowe's curriculum focuses on the arts from around the world. She lives in New York, NY.
MAGNUM PHOTOS: In 1947, Magnum, today considered one of the world's most prestigious photographic agencies, was formed by four photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, all of whom were motivated both by a sense of relief that the world had survived the Second World Warand a curiosity to see where it would go from there.
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