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She's All That!

Belinda Hollyer (2005), 128 pages
Illustrated by Susan Hellard
Audience: 2nd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Poetry
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She's All That! Poems About Girls by Belinda Hollyer is an wonderful collection of amusing and thought provoking poems just for girls. These poems tickle the funny bone and make reading poetry a delightful experience. This is the perfect introduction to poetry for the girl who is just testing the waters of the images that poetry can invoke.
Similar authors: Dinah Johnson; Beah E. Richards; Thomas Rockwell; Joy Harjo
Similar books: For a Girl Becoming by Joy Harjo A maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye Emily Stew: With Some Side Dishes by Thomas Rockwell
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/17/2013
ISBN-10: 0753458527
ISBN-13: 9780753458525
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Spider and the Fly

Mary Howitt (2002), 40 pages
Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Audience: 1st Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Poetry
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This book is beautifully illustrated. DiTerlizzi uses black and white to set the mood of horror and suspense. The spider taunts the fly with food, and flattering words, to get it to enter his web. He finally succeeds, and the author proceeds to let the reader know that they should never be taken in by charming words; sometimes the intent is actually evil.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0689852894
ISBN-13: 9780689852893
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Sun, the Moon, and the Stars

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (2003), 40 pages
Illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Picture Books, Poetry
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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace is a beautiful collection of poems written to introduce young children not only to poetry but to the majesty of the skies. These poems bring the young reader ever closer to these heavenly bodies and use verse to explain the amazing role that they play in our lives. This understated little book is the perfect bedtime companion for young readers who are in awe of their universe.
Similar books: All Things Bright and Beautiful by Ashley Bryan; The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar; Wings on the Wind: Bird Poems; The Sea Is Calling Me selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/19/2013
ISBN-10: 0618263535
ISBN-13: 9780618263530

T4

Ann LeZotte (2008), 104 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Poetry
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The book, T4, is named after the address which was the headquarters of a Nazi organization that tried to get rid of many people whom they felt were undesirable. T4 stands for Tiergartenstrasse 4. The facts of T4 are true, but the story and characters are fiction. Paula is forced into hiding and away from her family when the Germans decided that deaf individuals could not be part of the master race. The author is deaf so feels a closeness to Paula. The book is beautifully written. It is simple and yet profound.
Similar authors: Lois Lowry
Similar books: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 7/11/2011
ISBN-13: 9780547046846
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There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me

Alice Walker (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Stefano Vitale
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Picture Books, Poetry
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Illustrated in vivid, eye-catching colors that portray visions of joy and peace, this work of poetry in picture book form was written to express gratitude for Alice Walker's experience of nature as a part of her. In a rainbow of color, each line portrays the symbiotic relationship between the main character and parts of her world. While some of the ideas are abstract and may not be easily understood ('There is a sky at the end of my eye, seeing me'), they all imply comfort and connection, and those feelings are easily understood from the pictures. This work lends itself well to a quiet time of family togetherness.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/17/2009
ISBN-10: 0060570806
ISBN-13: 9780060570804
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