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Read these clever poems from top to bottom and they mean one thing. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top and they mean something else;it is almost like magic! A celebration of sight, sound, and story, this book is a marvel to read again and again.
This provocative collection of poems ranges from such lofty subjects as an astronaut's view of Earth to the burrows of worms and little creatures within the earth, "where I try to tread softly: a quiet giant leaving only footprints on the roof. " Marilyn Singer's lilting free verse offers visual images that give us fresh new insights and respect for the mighty power of volcanoes, fens, islands, deserts, dunes, and natural disasters. Singer's easily accessible poems also include some of the lighter moments of childhood, such as sliding on ice and playing in mud. Meilo So's distinctive india ink drawings on rice paper provide an especially handsome showcase for these buoyant nature poems. From the Hardcover edition.
Do we need cosmetic surgery, dental implants, and a new wardrobe to improve our lives? Or can transformation happen in other ways? What kind of a makeover has the power to change a person, inside and out? These stories, specially written for this collection, delve into our culture's fascination with beauty and present different views about all kinds of makeovers. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and always thoughtprovoking, this anthology will open eyes and minds. Authors include Joseph Bruchac, Marina Budhos, Evelyn Coleman, Peni R. Griffin, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Norma Howe, Jess Mowry, René Saldaña, Jr. , Marilyn Singer, Joyce Sweeney, and Terry Trueman.
Isn't this a fairy tale? A fairy tale this isn't . . . There are two sides to every story, from the princess and the frog, to the beauty and the beast, to Sleeping Beauty and that charming prince. Now, in a unique collection of reversible verse, classic fairy tales are turned on their heads. Literally. Read these clever poems from top to bottom. Then reverse the lines and read from bottom to top to give these well-loved stories a delicious new spin. Witty, irreverent, and exquisitely illustrated, this unique collection holds a cheeky mirror up to language and fairy tales, and renews the magic of both.
On the same day in March... Polar bears ride on Artic ice. People in French cafes turn up their faces to the sun. Hailstones roll over Indian hillsides. Rain makes a river in Kenya. On the same day that it's icy cold in the Artic, it's foggy in Louisiana, sunny in Barbados, and blowing wild winds called willy-willies in Austrailia. In this poetic exploration of longitude and weather, with bright and detailed paintings of seventeen different places, Marilyn Singer and Frane Lessac show us what's happening from the poles to the equator-- all on the same day in March. <P> Top 10 Science Books for Children 2000 (Booklist) and Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council
Seventeen-year-old Storm, lonely, lost, and going nowhere, is drawn to a gentle older woman who possesses unusual powers, and as love develops between them, Storm experiences the beginnings of confidence, suffering, and a promise of a new start to his life.
Do animals celebrate Valentine's Day? Nobody knows for sure. But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You're the porpoise of my life." Ranging from dogs and cats and other pets to some you wouldn't want to pet, such as sharks and porcupines, acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer's captivating couplets and Lee Wildish's expressively humorous illustrations provide a Valentine's Day gift for kids who wouldn't be caught dead being lovey-dovey.From the Hardcover edition.
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