This is a nice collection of poems that seem to be mostly about family connections and nature. She calls her nature poems ecopoetry because it speaksThis is a nice collection of poems that seem to be mostly about family connections and nature. She calls her nature poems ecopoetry because it speaks to a responsibility for that nature. (Here's an interview where she explains that terminology http://www.versewisconsin.org/Issue10...)
I really appreciated A Boxer Grandfather since I had recently been visiting with my grandfather. What she does so beautifully is create vivid images. I can see what she the scenes she writes.
I'm excited to share this with our 5th graders and their teachers because though it isn't written for children, there are several poems - about tadpoles, a snowman, a train, and a WI woman - that would be perfect for them.
In the poem Who Talks Politics (for Heredia Peltz), Blaeser honors a woman who taught in Milwaukee and was memorialized by a 7th grade English class. She was a woman who fought against injustice and made history in WI.
It's exciting to be able to read poetry with local connections by our own WI poet laureate. I want to share that excitement with our students....more
This is a warm and beautiful collection of poems with a child's voice. It begins with 'Cherish Me' which speaks of her beauty and asks that we cherishThis is a warm and beautiful collection of poems with a child's voice. It begins with 'Cherish Me' which speaks of her beauty and asks that we cherish her. The second poem shows how her family does cherish her, but shares her parents warning that there are those in the world who would do harm to "children kissed long by the sun" and so she is wary.
The collection is about self, family and tea is a common theme running throughout. ...more
This is a collection of poems express feelings and thoughts of a child after moving from a village in Jamaica to the big city life of the U.S. The poeThis is a collection of poems express feelings and thoughts of a child after moving from a village in Jamaica to the big city life of the U.S. The poems show some of the losses like being a nameless person in a huge city instead of a beloved well-known member of a small community. The poems also show new experiences like going to the circus and seeing artwork by world famous artists. The young girl shares her fears as she stays in the apartment alone while her mother takes classes at night. She also lets readers experience the joy of her new friendship.
This would be a great book to pair with the wordless picture book Here I Am by Patti Kim. It is also an immigrant story, but told in a very different way.
The cover of this book got my attention. The circus with the addition of food seemed like a fun idea. The illustrations contiReview copy via publisher
The cover of this book got my attention. The circus with the addition of food seemed like a fun idea. The illustrations continued to be interesting and unique throughout.
I love poetry. I especially love poetry that makes me laugh so I was looking forward to reading this book. The poems though, were very rhyme focused. The content was always centered on food and circus, but the words and ideas felt flat. The rhyme felt forced on many of the poems.
The poems weren't very engaging for me. I felt like they wouldn't stand on their own except perhaps "The Juggler" which was one of the ones I enjoyed the most. "Anything that's slightly round/Will soon be far above the ground./Buns at breakfast? Must avoid,/Grapes at dinner? I'm annoyed."
The illustrations are intriguing and could be poured over. They are full of energy and include many fun details.
This collection was okay, but I would recommend it only if you are looking to add something for a circus unit....more