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Daniel Finds a Poem

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What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone—you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pure-poetry, kidstuff
This book was selected as 2017's Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child. -

At first I thought this choice was a dreadful mistake, and sadly, the book has not been checked out as often as some previous seasons' winners that feature cute, cartoony animals on the cover - Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story, Number One Sam, Stop Snoring, Bernard!!
But, it's early yet, and this title has so much to offer.

Just look at the artwork . . . so sumptuous and inviting:





It's a simple story,
Lesley Burnap
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like Jeannie Baker's PB art, these pages cry out to be touched, even though you'll just feel the smooth surface of the paper. (The artwork recalls Leo Lionni & Eric Carle, as well.) And while the pictures draw you in, you'll stay for the words-and for Daniel's poem. Echoes of Mem Fox's Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge are heard as Daniel asks the creature of the park, "What is poetry?"

Even though this book has brought up several comparisons, for me at least, I think you'll find it stands up we
J. Boo
Jul 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ds2
In this book, children learn that poetry is made up of disconnected rhymeless metreless imagistic blurge spewed upon a page. Unfortunately, the author fails to teach other necessities of modern poetry, like rAndOM CapitALization, mizzpelled werdz, and (un)usual! punctuation,

I suspect the appeal of "Daniel Finds a Poem" to children is highly selective. Out of grim curiosity, I looked at the entire first page of reviews - all quite positive - and there was only one reference to the reaction of act
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
When Daniel discovers that there will be Poetry in the Park on Sunday, he begins to wonder what poetry is. The friends he has made in nature help him start to understand it. Spider says that poetry is “morning dew when it glistens.” For Squirrel, it is “when crisp leaves crunch.” Frog sees it as “a cool pool to dive into.” Owl has many ideas about stars, moonlight and her own silent wings. As Daniel listens to all of the creatures, he realizes that he has created a poem, one that lets him see po ...more
My coworker Jeff recommended this to me, and what a treat it is. Prompted by a Poetry in the Park event on Sunday, Daniel spends the week walking through is favorite park and asking all the animals what poetry is. At the end of the week he combines those beautiful answers into a really lovely poem. The text is lovely, but the illustrations are also perfect. Archer combines oil and collage to make very evocative but specific pictures that pair so wonderfully with the text. I think this book would ...more
This would be a nice introduction to poetry month. Young Daniel finds a sign on the post by the public park that says, "Poetry in the Park - Sunday at 6 O'clock". He doesn't know what poetry is so he asks all his animal friends in the park. They tell him what they think it is. At the end of the book he has a poem. All of the things his animal friends told him make a nice poem. The illustrations are also really nice. ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nature poem requests
Recommended to June by: Shelley
A book to turn anyone into a poetry lover.

What is poetry to a spider, squirrel, chipmunk, frog, turtle, cricket, and an owl?
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can open a dictionary to seek the definition but each dictionary chooses to vary their explanations ever so slightly with their word choices which tend to be more complicated than clear for younger readers. Searching online will reveal a multitude of meanings. If you ask a poet you will get at least as many ideas as there are poets.

One way to discover how poetry is defined is by reading all types, long and short and everything in between. Even better might be to ask your most trusted friend
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I was so excited to read this story. Mainly because it is one that can work with my preschoolers but could also work with the older students in middle school. I feel like the artwork in this story is very engaging and exciting for the students to look at. I feel the collage art allows the students to get taken away with the poetry that floats within it. I also like how this book questions what is poetry? I think for the younger readers they can begin to understand the beauty of poetry an that is ...more
Sara Grochowski
Daniel Finds a Poem is the first book that Micha Archer has both written and illustrated and, if we're using this book as a benchmark, I cannot wait for more! While the cover and a peek inside give a general impression of this book, I urge you to seek out a physical copy to truly appreciate the story and presentation. The texture and colors used in the illustrations are gorgeous. Educators and librarians will love using this fantastic celebration of poetry in the classroom, but I think it would ...more
I love the poem that Daniel finds--what is given at the end. Is the rest of the book supposed to be considered free verse poetry? It's hard to tell in a picture book. But I liked what the different creatures found as poetry to them. And I like how that opens up definitions and meanings of poetry for me. How this book will do with kids? I think some will like it, and some won't get it. Worth a shot to try in storytime.

5/9/18 Used as Literacy Moment in P theme. I picked one of the words that I kne
What an awesome picture book this is! This lovely book is a terrific mentor text for young readers and writers to use to build their own conception of what poetry is. As I read the text, the words are just so perfect and the accompanying artwork is so beautiful, I am just in love with this book. The illustrations were done in oil and collage, using tissue paper and patterned papers created with homemade stamps. I definitely need to order this book for my classroom for next year as I've already h ...more
Mississippi Library Commission
Animals and nature and poetry, oh my! The exquisite collages in this picture book won Archer the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for new illustrator. (If you want to learn more about her process, check this out: The art is scrumptious and gorgeous and we could spend all day looking at it. The text is incredibly sweet, and we follow along as young Daniel learns about poetry from the animals and natural world around him. Perfect for National Poetry Month, ...more
Kate Puleo Unger
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful - both the pictures and the words. Daniel sees a sign for "Poetry at the Park" on Sunday, but he doesn't know what poetry is. He asks all of the animals at the park, and they all say something different - morning dew, cool water, etc. At the end of the story, Daniel goes to the poetry reading a shares a poem he's written of all of the animals answers. I loved it.

Ages 4-8
A young boy asks himself the question, “What is poetry?” and finds the answer in the natural world around him. With dark, rich collages and a quiet lyrical text, poetry is revealed in the everyday rhythm that is all around us. A beautiful picture book that can be used in nature units as well as poetry workshops.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lovely introduction to poetry for the PreK - Grade 2 set. Gorgeous collage illustrations and a charming use of nature to draw children into an abstract question. Text is charmingly packed with wonderful words and sounds that young children will savor.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great flow for a read-aloud. Days of the week. Beautiful illustrations. Loved it.
Josianne Fitzgerald
Beautiful illustrations and metaphors. Would be a good book to kick off Poetry Month or a unit on poetry.
Felicia Edens
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Micha Archer’s Daniel Finds A Poem (published in 2016) brings calm to a bustling place like the city. Archer's illustrations convey deep hues as well as a unique blend of abstract, collage-like realism. Daniel finds himself in this beautiful city, and once he happens upon a sign in the park which reads, "Poetry In The Park: Sunday at 6 o'clock", he tries to find out, every day, what poetry actually is! He talks to the insects and animals, such as a spider, a squirrel, and a chipmunk, and they al ...more
Maggie Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, picture-books
The picture book Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer helps to answer the question that many people, young and old wonder about: What is poetry? This beautifully illustrated Charlotte Zolotow Award Nominee (2017) children’s book follows Daniel as he learns about poetry. I was lucky to find this book on the Poetry Foundation website: It was a children’s poet laureate book pick for the month of June in 2016. Students in grades K-2nd will enjoy the imagery p ...more
Kaitlin Ayers
Text-to-Teaching Connection
Great book! I enjoyed reading this book because so many different activities come to mind. This would be a great book to read with PreK-2nd grade when teaching about poetry and what poetry is. As a class, you could write a class poem on Easel paper and model writing a poem. Then let the children write their own poetry and illustrate their poem to hang up in the hallway. This book also teaches about days of the week that you could bring into the poem for the younger chi
Donna Mork
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poetry in the park is coming and Daniel asks all the animals what poetry is. Their answers combine to form a lovely poem.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, poetry
Beautiful oil illustrations and collages explain poetry and its depth in an easy-to-understand manner.
Kellee Moye
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This book is beautiful on so many levels. First, Micha Archer is a brilliant artist. I was lucky enough to receive a packet called “My Collage Techniques” along with a copy of the book. It chronicles the steps that go into making the art found within these pages. It consists of making her own stamps, stamping with cloth and acrylics, screeding (pulling a thin layer of pain across a colored piece of paper), laying tissue paper, punching/cutting
Rudy Regalado
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Awards: None

Grade Level: Grade K-3 Ages 5-8 years

Summary: In this book Daniel learns about poetry. Along his journey, he talks to all the animals in the area about what they think poetry is and their answers enlighten him as to what it is actually all about! By the end of the book Daniel makes his own poem and goes back home!

Review: I liked this book, because it made me think of poetry in a different way. It made me think outside the box and appreciate the natural beauty and even poetry of the
Danna Smith
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Daniel Finds a Poem is really two books in one. First, it’s a book about discovering poetry and second, it’s a book about animals in their natural habitat.

The story opens with Daniel noticing a sign in the city park announcing a Poetry in the Park event. Daniel wonders out loud, “what is poetry?”  The animals and insects take turns answering Daniel’s question with lovely well-chosen words. Daniel soon learns that Frog’s idea of poetry
Katie N
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Daniel finds poetic inspiration from his animal and insect friends. This is a good day of the week book, as each day Daniel meets a new friend and learns what they think poetry is. It is a concise and digestible answer to the question "what is poetry."

I do not think the cover is a good representation of the illustrations in the book. They are much gentler in the book. They have great texture which comes from Micha Archer's use of tissue paper and paper decorated with homemade stamps (reminiscent
Working in gorgeous collage and oil, Micha Archer tells the story of Daniel who finds a sign as he enters a park that announces "Poetry in the Park", coming Sunday at 6 O'clock. Daniel begins asking the animals he meets if they know what poetry is. A spider answers: "when morning dew glistens" and later by a pond, a Turtle tells Daniel that poetry is "sun-warmed sand". There is a surprise at the end when Daniel goes to the poetry time at the park, and recites the poem "he found". The book will ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-g-4
Daniel sees a notice for "Poetry in the Park". He asks the park animals what they think poetry is. Each answer is thoughtful, an experience of moment and imagery. Daniel brings these momemts of meaning together for a poem. It is a lovely book.
Nicely illustrated in oil and collage using tissue paper and patterned papers created with homemade stamps. They have the luminosity of delightful summer days.
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3

Featured in a Boston Globe review March 8th, 20
Amy Holland
Sometimes poetry can seem esoteric and abstract, but this book makes it very accessible. Daniel finds poetry in the beauty of common objects or animals in nature, which suggests that poetry is everywhere; you don't need special skills or knowledge to access it. The illustrations are lovely and really capture the beauty of the simple pleasures that are abundant in the natural world. This book would be excellent for introducing young children to poetry. ...more
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