Title: Red Sings from Treetops
Written by: Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by: Pamela Zagarenski
Reviewed by: Daniel M.
The book is about all the colors in each season that makes it that specific season. The main message is to pay attention to each season and look for all the colors that work together to make it that season.
The setting is each season in a year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. It is important because in the book, Red is singing about the colors in each season.
Color is a main character and changes as each season passes by. It grows darker, brighter or it goes away for a specific season.
The pictures do help tell the story because it shows what each season looks like. It shows all the things that are in a season and the colors.
I would recommend this book because it's a good book and helps us see each season in color.
Title: Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Author: Bob Raczka
Illustrator: Nancy Doniger
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
This book is about a type of poetry that has a one word title and the letters are written scattered everywhere like a puzzle. Every letter in the poem has to have the same letters as the title, so it is good to pick a title that has a lot of letters in it when you are writing these.
The book has a "cheat sheet" on the other side of the page which says the poem in non-scattered words, in case you can't read the scattered version. Even though I can usually read the scattered version, I like to check that what I have read is correct on the "cheat sheet."
Here is an example of one of these poems (a non-scattered version):
Each poem has a picture that goes with it. The illustrations show the poem in the form of a picture. All the illustrations are black, white, red and gray. The illustrations are also all watercolor. The "cheat sheets" are all red with white print and no illustrations except for an arrow pointing up.
I would recommend this book to people who like puzzles, poetry and problem solving. It was interesting because it's a very unique kind of poetry. There are a lot of different forms of writing combined, like anagram, rebus, poetry and riddles.
It made my mom want to write one. It goes like this:
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Title: Once I Ate a Pie
Author: Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrator: Katy Schneider
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about all different dogs and what they like to do. The poems take place in all different scenes. There is a Pomeranian that is gold with long hair. It has little ears and barks a lot. The pictures show what the dogs like and do not like.
I would tell kids who like dogs to read this book.
Author/Illustrator: Douglas Florian
Reviewed by Janiah A., Grade V
The book is about summer. It is about how the author tells us what he thinks of the summer, but he tells us through different points of view. Like sometimes he describes summer as a terrible hot itchy season. But sometimes he says it a great bonding season and a great time to play and have a break from school. The main message is that everyone has a different opinion of summer and Douglas Florian's book, Summersaults, shows you that.
It takes place in Summer. Sometimes it is the night or sometimes the day. It all really depends on what the poem is about. Yes it is important to the story because you need to know if it is day or night so you can know what kind or book or poem it is.
The illustrations help me as a reader because I feel the vibe of the book and you get to see how everything would look instead of imagining it when there are no illustrations.
I would definitely recommend this book because it tells you what ways you can look at Summer. You can look at it a positive way or you can look at it in a negative way. Its your opinion.
Title: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, poetry
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
The book is about the story of William Carlos Williams who was a poet and a doctor. Williams grew up in Rutherford New Jersey and wrote poems about things he saw every day, such as wheelbarrows, plums and trees. The book has his poems in the beginning, his life story in the middle, and more of his poems at the end. The book also has a timeline and an author's and illustrator's note.
Most of his poems are short but a few are long. No matter how hard he worked as a doctor he still wrote poems all his life. He started writing poems in high school because he was inspired by the poetry of the English writers that he studied. He only wrote poems about things he saw every day.
I didn't know that he lived so close to where I live and I have never heard of Rutherford, New Jersey before. The timeline shows a period of his life in the middle, the world events during that time on the right and the poems he wrote at that time on the left.
The illustrator drew a lot of illustrations but she said they weren't good enough to match his poems so she cut out scraps from books and magazines and made a collage instead. The collages are interesting because she uses Williams poems on top of the scenery. The illustrations seem 3-dimensional and not realistic. It has a random effect.
The captions have his poems and so do the illustrations. Some of them are unfinished, like he is still writing them. His friend Charles Demuth was inspired by Williams' poem, The Great Figure, to paint Figure 5 in Gold.
I really recommend it. I feel that if you read it you would like it. If you are interested in poetry and biographies of famous people, this book is for you. I like Williams' poems because they are more simple than other poems I've read.
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