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The Sun Is So Quiet

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Quiet . . .
like a quilt on a feather bed . . .
and frost on the window . . .
we write our names knowing . . .
the sun will melt them off

But the sun is so quiet . . .
that we don't care
we smile
--from Connie by Nikki Giovanni

The quiet and noisy, wintery and sometimes sunny poems in The Sun Is So Quiet will always make you smile. Nikki Giovanni describes riding rainbows, tiptoein
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Square Fish (first published October 15th 1996)
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Beautiful poems, beautiful pictures - this could really be the anchor to your children's story and rhyme library, because it is so much more accessible than a lot of those nonsense Mother Goose rhymes. There is still a lot of nonsense and fun to be had here, though, and whimsy and dreaming and snowflake kisses. My only problem was that it stereotyped gender in a couple of places, but again, this is better than the typical Mother Goose fare. Well, okay, one more complaint - I wish it were longer ...more
Giovanni's poetry is stronger than Bryan's illustrations in this book, but I love Bryan's bright and bold use of color. My favorite poem is "Snowflakes":
Little boys are like
No two are alike
Missing teeth skinned elbows
Stinky sticky slippery sweaty and sweet
Beautifully paired poetry and artwork. About a third of the poems are winter themed. Some are too difficult or abstract for my students (3-5 years old), but I can definitely see opportunities to use some of the work with the children. Lovely collection.
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Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author.

She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.
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