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Getting Used to the Dark: 26 Night Poems
June 3, 1965 -- the first American space walk. And for Tommy, a chance to listen to the event, live, with his father. But Dad has an important meeting and can't be home in time. That's all right. Tommy can wait till the evening news, just as he can wait to become an astronaut someday, when all his space games with Dad and their walkie-talkies will become real. Later, at sc ...more
Hardcover, 45 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
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I really enjoyed this book of poems. It was kind of a dark themed book of poems and some of them kept me on the edge. I really enjoyed the pencil shading illustrations. Some of the poems seemed better when I read them out loud to myself. There was a lot of mystery and surprises in each different poem. I like how the author used her imagination to show the kids in the poems using their own imaginations! These poems are kind of like observations of what happens after dark or what children dream of ...more
Swanson speaks from the child’s voice in her poems. The best one is when night appears as a girl, the poem takes new form. I tried this in my poetry blog by describing a poem about night as though it were a black cat instead. It was wonderfully fun. She may use the word stars a little too often, but the simplicity may is great for a young child's first look at poetry. I enjoyed the poems on dreams as great reserach for the poetry workshop I taught where we wrote dreamscapes.