Is the night sky filled with stars, or are they really silver seeds? When you see fall leaves floating down from trees, could they be little brown parachutes? Maybe the moon is really a melon and your shadow is a silent friend. The lyrical poems and luminous illustrations in this stellar collection will stretch readers' imaginations. Can you believe what you see?
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Francher.
About the Author
Paul Paolilli is a marriage, family, and child counselor in Long Berach, California.
Dan Brewer is a high school English teacher. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson have worked as a creative team for over 26 years, producing illustrations for annual reports, brochures, posters, movies, advertisements, book covers, and magazines. Together they have illustrated over 50 children’s books, including Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days, Garrison Keillor's Cat, You Better Come Home, and Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince, Continued. Their 2000 release, I Walk At Night, was recognized as one of the New York Times's Best Illustrated Books. They are the recipients of a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators and have been recognized by Communication Arts, Print, andGraphis. Lou and Steve provided set and character development for Pixar’s Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. They live in Moraga, California. Visit their website at johnsonandfancher.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Summary: This book is a book full of nature poems. The pages are beautifully colored with short poems describing bugs, sunset, sunrise, rain, night time, and shadows. The poems in this book are acrostic. Each line starts with the letter of the word that the author is describing. Personal Reaction: I love the idea of acrostic poems. This book would be a great book to read to younger children about different things in nature. The pictures in the book are fantastic and I really enjoyed looking at them.Classroom Extensions:1. I would have my students make their own acrostic poems with a picture to go along with their poem.2. This book would be a great science lesson to introduce them to different things in nature.
I loved this book, it's one of my favorites and one I would like to own. The book is a collection of brief nature poems. Each two page spread uses an acrostic poem form to describe a term:"Down goes the moonAnd up comes the sunWelcoming theNew day.DAWN"An acrostic poem takes the first letter of every line of the poem to form a word. The paintings used here and the overall book design are beautifully done. With first and second graders I would read the poem almost as a riddle, leaving the word at the bottom for them to supply. Then I would use this book in grades 1 through 6 to inspire students to write and illustrate their own acrostic nature poem.