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Hey You! Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things

by Paul B. Janeczko, compiler
Illustrated by Robert Rayevsky

Published by HarperCollins, 2007
40 pages
ISBN: 0060523476

Ages 5-10

In the poem “Incantation,” George Ella Lyon cites pen and paper, letter and word, sound and soul as her tools and her inspiration. It’s the perfect poem to open a collection that showcases what other poets do with those tools. X.J. Kennedy creates a poem from a mote of dust. Joan Bransfield Graham draws words out of a pair of sneakers. A buffalo, a bison, a bee, even a maggot in an apple inspires wit, insight and careful observation in this sparkling picture book anthology compiled by Paul B. Janeczko. “Moon / your reflection / is a tambourine / shaking the lake’s s ripples” writes Patricia Hubbell in “Hello, Moon!” “Stop looking like a purse,” commands Norman MacCaig in the opening line of “Toad.” Janeczko’s selections make clear that poems can come from both the everyday (“Old Farm in Northern Michigan”) and the extraordinary (“To an Astronaut") in an anthology that offers humor, surprises, clarity, and inspiration for young readers and writers of poetry. (MS) ©2007 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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