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Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Brought to life through Roma Karas's simple, vibrant illustrations, this collection of poetry by Lilian Moore offers a loving tribute to small moments in the big city, and to the children who live there.

Lilian Moore had a lifetime of experience as an author of books for young readers — and a particular expertise for observing and celebrating life from a child's point of vi
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by Candlewick
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Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems/ Lilian Moore/ 2005

Genre: Urban Poetry

Format: Book

Summary: Brought to life through Roma Karas's simple, vibrant illustrations, this collection of poetry by Lilian Moore offers a loving tribute to small moments in the big city, and to the children who live there.

Considerations and Precautions: I think this book does a really good job in depicting the diversity of city life and when there are words that are in a different language (for example, Spanish)
A collection of poems that capture various aspects of life in the city. The poetry and illustrations are very vivid with deep colors and meaning. This is a very nice book to help children develop different sensory concepts in poetry. The author uses visual and auditory images to invoke mood and response effectively for children. The content is of high quality and the shape of the poem reinforces the mood.
Jun 14, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Taking the reader on a tour through the seasons of the year, this book depicts city life through the eyes of a child. The poems have a flowing style that is interesting to read, but not as easy to read aloud. Despite some rhyming phrases, the words do not always flow easily. Still, the poems are interesting and the illustrations are entertaining. Our youngest liked that the same young boy is incorporated into all of the pictures.

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Meh. I loved the "Rain Pools" poem but the others didn't really grab my attention. Also, I wasn't a fan of the illustrations. Basically a nice little collection of poems about city life. Nothing special.
Emilie Morris
Why this book?: Add depth to library

Genre: Poetry, Urban Literature

Theme/Keywords: City Life, Poetry

Special Features: Great illustrations

Characteristics of quality: Uses comparisons to describe city life--great for kids who grow up in cities because it describes their everyday encounters.

Gender of primary character: N/A

Race/ethnicity of primary character: N/A

Cultural considerations: Need to be familiar with city life in order to understand.

Language considerations: Book uses a lot of comparisons
The Reading Countess
A beautiful collection of urban poetry, the illustrations add a new dimension to already rich writing. "Pigeons" is not to be missed, in particular.
Paul  Hankins
The life of a city is explored in this neat little collection of poems.


The lines are
rising high.

From my window
I can see
how roofs
design a sky.
Sandee Mariner
I really enjoyed this one. The pictures were creative. The poem I read the author described the lights of night as punctuation marks. It was fun.
Rachel Burt
Awesome poetry book for children and great imagery in the text! Would be a good way to introduce similes, metaphors, personification, etc.
Simple, but meaningful poetry about life in the city. Colorful artwork enhances the text.
Not every person lives in the country. I love that there is a collection of poems on the city. marked it as to-read
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Lilian Moore grew up in New York, received a degree in teaching from Hunter College, and did graduate work at Columbia University. She attended college during the Depression, so job opportunities were few. She worked for the Bureau of Educational Research, helping children who could not read in their Reading Clinic. Ms. Moore was also a reading specialist for the New York Board of Education. She t ...more
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