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Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

Spring 2014 Poetry
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Paul Janeczko
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763648428
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:

A resonant and eclectic assortment of three dozen short poems representing each passing season, selected with care by writer Paul B. Janeczko.

Spring: "Open-billed/gulls/fighting/for fish heads/creak/like/rusted/gates" (X.J. Kennedy).

Summer: "Little Orange Cat" by Charlotte Zolotow; "In the Field Forever" ("Sun's a roaring dandelion, hour by hour….") by Robert Wallace.

Fall: "When fog blurs the morning,/Porches glisten, shingles drip" ("Screen Door" by James Stevenson) and Alice Schertle's In the alley, a/stray cat drinks the round white moon/from a rain puddle."

Winter: "Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost, and of course, "the little cat feet" of Carl Sandburg's iconic "Fog."

Melissa Sweet's watercolor and mixed media illustrations complement each verse with dreamlike transformations of everyday objects and scenes.

Lynne Heffley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.


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