The Way a Door Closes

The Way a Door Closes

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312661694
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 516,563
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

HOPE ANITA SMITH didn't want to just tell the story of a father who disappears: "I wanted this story to have a different ending, an ending that proves wrongs can be righted and it's never too late to say 'I'm sorry.'" A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California. The Way a Door Closes is her first book for young readers.

SHANE W. EVANS has illustrated several highly regarded books for children, including Down the Winding Road and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter, for which he received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. His artwork has been exhibited in Paris, Chicago, New York, and West Africa. A native of Upstate New York, Mr. Evans currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Golden 3

Legacy 4

History Lessons 5

Interrogator Momma 6

The Whole World in His Hands 8

Twice Blessed 10

Audition 12

Diamond in the Rough 13

Close Your Eyes 14

Good White Things 15

The Dance 16

Job Hunt 18

The Way a Door Closes 19

Geography Lesson 21

Not Today 22

And One to Grow On 24

The Pull of the Moon 25

Photo Op 26

Little Man 27

The Power of One 29

Going, Going, Gone 30

Grandmomma's China Bowl 32

Telling Tales 33

Tell Me Something I Don't Know 34

Dream 37

When a Daddy Goes 38

Family Fire 40

Schoolyard Sermon 42

Winter Words 44

History Repeating (Almost) 46

Temp Job 48

Forgetfulness 50

Prodigal Son 51

Astronomy 101 52

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The Way a Door Closes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mluke04 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is poetry because their is a lot of feelings and emotions expressed in the words and lines. This is very loose form pf poetry because the lines don't rhyme and the lines are different. Each poem allows the reader to feel the emotions that are expressed.This is a unqiue style of writing because this book isn't a collection of poems, it is a story written in several poems. This provides variety and is a new twist on reading and writing.Media: Alkyds
aconant05 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a chapter book of poems that describes a thirteen year old boy's troubles when his dad leaves home.
vortega on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In fifty pages, filled with magnificently illustrated pictures rendered in alkyds on Strathmore paper, with words chosen and placed so precisely on each page, the reader is effortlessly transported into the mind and heart of thirteen year old Cameron James. Hope Anita Smith centers the perceptive and insightful story told in prose and lyrical rhyming verse, around a father who leaves his family and the emotional turmoil and pain it causes his wife, his mother, and his three children. Shane W. Evans, fills the characters with life and depth, his carefully drawn images brimming with honest facial expressions and body language that speak off the pages. This book is a brilliant fusion of words and pictures that will have a profound and thoughtful impact on all readers.
jebass on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is a book featuring various forms of poetry that tell the story of a little boy and the other members of his family and how they cope with life after their father walks out the door and doesn't come back. The poetry is beautifully written and full of emotion, very powerful and moving. Several poems from this book could be used as an example of various forms of poetry. It could also be recommended for any student who is learning to adjust to life with an absent father.
lekenned on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This was a great book of poems written about a boy whose father walks out on him and his family.
Cecilia__T More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for middle school students to relate to life experiences through poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its funny how one word can be interpreted into many things, a touch can mean so much or nothing at all and how in Cameron¿s case the way a door closes can lead to a bad ending or a new beginning. The comfort we get when we hear a familiar sound, see a familiar face or smell a familiar scent makes life worthwhile. I love the ending of the story it was unexpected and very hopeful. I enjoyed the book.