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Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder

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Thirteen haiku about animals, translated from the Japanese and illustrated with collages and assemblages.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A nice bunch of haiku illustrated with interesting photos of collages made from found objects. Unfortunately, the illustrations by Molly Bang didn't always do it for me. The poem about the dog sleeping in the sun was illustrated with a picture of what looked like a dog more dead than asleep. The poem about the "butting, tumbling cat" was illustrated with a cat asleep--not exactly a match to the poem! Nevertheless, there were some gems: the poem about the fly praying for his life, the poem about ...more
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
More haiku! (No zombies though.) Sylvia Cassedy and Kunihiro Suetake have translated some absolutely lovely Japanese haiku but the real wonder of this book are Molly Bang's collage illustrations made of cookies, beads, yams, clamshells, rocks, buttons, copper wire, screws, safety pins, and lots more! A 1992 book there's only 2 copies left at SPL (CEN, HIP) so if you want to read it, do so now!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A children's book of haiku illustrated by the wonderful Molly Bang. I was especially taken with the leaf-sparrow in the rice-rain to illustrate Buson:

All at once, the storm!
Overcome, a poor sparrow
grasps a blade of grass.
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An American author of picture books, poetry, and fiction, the Brooklyn-born creative-writing teacher began her career with a few minor picture books, such as Little Chameleon (1966), but is best known today for her poetry and novels. Roomrimes (1987) and the posthumously published Zoomrimes: Poems about Things That Go (1993) were praised for their perceptiveness, humor, and unusual variety of poet ...more
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