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Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  27 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A collection of more than fifty original haiku and tanka verses about the four seasons helps us appreciate the nature around us.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Dec 18, 2015 Samra rated it liked it
Shelves: school, library
simple, nothing too complicated
May 08, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is a collection of Japanese poems, in the form of haiku and tanka, that celebrate the four seasons of the year. The poems are nature-focused, as is typical for these kinds of poems, and they are certainly thought-provoking. There are few illustrations, and while it is a short book, younger children might tire of these poems rather quickly. Our girls enjoy poetry books, and we still took our time reading them.

This book was selected as one of the books for the June 2013 - Poetry discussion at
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May 09, 2009 Bridget R. Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-poetry
Livingston divides her collection of 67 haiku and tanka into the four seasons. Her poetry makes the reader look at nature with new eyes as she presents images in innovative ways. Bougainvillea becomes a mask for graffiti. Trees become castles and havens (as Anne Shirley would want them to be). Fall floras watch over streets. Leaves huddle and the moon is a canoe.

What I thought: Haiku is meant to capture moments in time. These certainly do. I find haiku to be a challenging form from a writer's pe
I was delighted to find this older book at a favorite used bookstore by Myra Cohn Livingston filled with her beautiful haiku and tankas. Because I’m been trying to write in these new forms, it felt like the book was waiting for me. It’s divided by seasons, and in each, one can find such images that almost seem celebrated. I will share just a line from each season: Spring-‘shiny colored tents’ (umbrellas in rain), Summer-about bees-‘in their orange-and-black striped sweaters’, Fall – leaves – ‘t ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Tawny rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Favorite lines: 1. "Ocean, how do you / know when to curve and make of / the earth a round ball?"
2. "Even the moon lies / on its back, rolling over / to stare into space."
3. "Slowly the ocean / sucks in its breath, letting it / out with a gurgle."
4. "One by one, circling / down to earth, these yellow birds, / these frail, falling leaves."
Apr 17, 2010 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Some of the poems have great images. My favorites were "Along the railroad tracks" and "Bougainvillea spills" from the section on spring. Though good, only a few of Livingston's poems carry the feeling of Japanese poetry.
Victoria Clay
Apr 23, 2012 Victoria Clay rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, poetry
This book would be great to use to introduce a poetry unit on haikus. It also is divided into seasons so it could be used to explore the different seasons. It is a great way to get students thinking about their own haikus.
Jun 27, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
I liked this because it gives a variety of examples of haiku, but I did have to look up tanka to understand that form of poetry.
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Oct 12, 2010 Selena Fornander rated it liked it
Shelves: 1st-quarter
It was a funny little peotry book. This book is a good little book you can read in a short time for your peotry books
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Myra Cohn Livingston was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Her family moved to California when she was 12 years old. She studied the French horn from age 12 to age 20, becoming so good that the Los Angeles Philharmonic invited her to join them when she was 16 years old. She had other plans. She knew she wanted to write.
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