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“Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word” by Bob Raczka

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, June 19, 2012,

Like Marilyn Singer’s “Mirror, Mirror” before it, Bob Raczka’s “Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word” uses a special, somewhat gimmicky hook to interest reader in poetry.  Singer uses the form of the reverso (see my review here), while Raczka creates poems out of single words.  In each case, the poet’s self-imposed restrictions provide a special challenge to making meaning and art.

Raczka’s technique inherently limits the poem’s topic, length, and depth. ...

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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, August 7, 2011,

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange is quite engaging and difficult to categorize.  Or, perhaps, this book is engaging BECAUSE it is hard to categorize.  Whatever it is, I like it.

Sidman's poems laud the thriving world of "survivors" that populate the world.  Ranging from the microscopic bacteria and diatoms to the larger sharks, from plants and animals as well as humans, these poems and ...

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“Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty” by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, May 13, 2011,

Linda Glaser provides a gentle introduction to activist Emma Lazarus in her picture book, “Emma’s Poem.”  She introduces to young reader how Lazarus was born into wealth and privilege in the United States.  Coupled with Nivola’s lovely paintings, Glaser clearly conveys how people in Lazarus’s social class were able to read, have parties, collect art, and generally aspire...

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“Mirror, Mirror” by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Josee Masse

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Saturday, April 10, 2010,

“Mirror, Mirror” is a playful take on how perspective shapes our understanding of words and stories.  Singer has created what she calls “a book of reversible verse,” in which she tells the story of a popular folk tale in verse, and then reverses the order of the lines to give another take on the story.

For example, in “Cinderella’s Double Take,” Singer has Cinder...

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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?

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