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Flicker Flash

by Joan Bransfield Graham
Illustrated by Nancy Davis

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-395-90501-X

Ages 4 - 8

Bold graphics enhance the 23 concrete poems included in this picture-book collection that celebrates the many kinds of light, both from natural and artificial sources. From lightning bolts to birthday candles, fireflies to flashlights, crescent moon to campfires, each of the types of light the poet has chosen will be familiar to young children. Her short verses cleverly take on the shape of the object about which she writes: the antennae of the firefly, for example, are formed from the curved tips of the double "f"s and the colorful letters in the poem "Fireworks" arc across a dark blue double-page spread. Aside from the overall visual appeal, the poems themselves speak to the types of experiences young children can easily understand and appreciate. Highly Commended, 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award CCBC categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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